If you could ask God for anything, what would you ask for? For you, it may be that new toy you’ve been wanting, a trip to your favorite place, an unlimited supply of your favorite dessert or even a new baby brother or sister. For King Solomon, he could have asked for a new palace, a lot of money or a big army … but instead, he asked for wisdom.
Solomon became king at a young age and admitted to God that he didn’t know how to be a king to so many people. He was nervous! He asked God to help him know what decisions to make as he led God’s people and to know the difference between good and bad.
King Solomon knew that the best way to be king was to follow God first.
God was happy with King Solomon’s request. God gave Solomon wisdom like he asked but also wealth, along with all the best food, animals and clothes. God gave him peace with his neighbors, and they ended up working together to build a beautiful temple for God!
We make a lot of decisions in our lifetime. Some big, some small. We make small decisions every day about what we want to wear, whom we want to spend time with, what we want to eat. And one day, we’ll make big decisions about school, a job, our future family and following Jesus with our whole life.
God wants to be a part of every decision we make. And here’s the good news … we can let him! Like King Solomon, we can allow God to be a part of our decisions by asking God for wisdom. When we ask God for help, we can trust that he will give us everything we need to make the right decisions … and we will live like kings and queens in God’s kingdom when we put him first!
Guest devotional by Breanna Mills, Kids Pastor at Next Level Church in Florida
1 Kings 3:5
1 Kings 3:7-14
Write down a few decisions you make every day. Then, pray and ask God to help you in each one of those decisions.
“God, thank you for the gift of wisdom. I pray that you would help me know the difference between what is good and what is bad and that you would give me wisdom for each decision I have to make today. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”