Solomon Worships at Gibeon
1 Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and exalted him greatly.
2 Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers’ households. 3 Then Solomon and all the assembly with him went to the high place which was at Gibeon, for God’s tent of meeting was there, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness. 4 However, David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim [a]to the place he had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem. 5 Now the bronze altar, which Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, [b]was there before the tabernacle of the Lord, and Solomon and the assembly sought it out. 6 Solomon went up there before the Lord to the bronze altar which was at the tent of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
7 In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.”
Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom
8 Solomon said to God, “You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, O Lord God, Your [c]promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?” 11 God said to Solomon, “Because [d]you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, [e]such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor those who will [f]come after you.” 13 So Solomon went [g]from the high place which was at Gibeon, from the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem, and he reigned over Israel.
14 Solomon amassed chariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem. 15 The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamores in the [h]lowland. 16 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue; the king’s traders procured them from Kue for a price. 17 They [i]imported chariots from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver apiece and horses for 150 apiece, and [j]by the same means they [k]exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.
It’s doubtful you could find a king who started off better than Solomon. His father made sure Solomon knew to follow God, and one of his first acts is to take the people with him to make a huge sacrifice at the bronze altar of the tabernacle in Gibeon.
And just as I typed that, it occurred to me, how should we start anything in our lives? Pursuing God, and laying down our life as a sacrifice. Ask God how you should go, ask for His wisdom and He will not disappoint.
It’s exactly what God wants, for us to pursue Him, no matter what our earthly desires may be, and to know His will. To find God’s wisdom and will for our lives, there can be no greater goal in all this world. So chase after Him, in everything you do, look for His guiding. Crave His wisdom, for the task He has set before you is not one of earthly wisdom and prowess. When God calls us, it is to rely on Him through the journey, so that as we go, we learn the lesson better. God is good, and He wants what is best for us.