What if you were handed a blank check today, and the person giving it to you said, “write whatever you want”? Better yet, what if the person who gave you the signed, blank check could really give you whatever you wrote down?
I have often wonder what it would be like to inherit the wealth of Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon. His net worth is an astonishing 124.7 Billion dollars. To be honest, I would be fine just taking the .7 billion… that is still 700 Million Dollars! To give you an idea of what his wealth looks like, here it is written out $124,700,000,000.00. Just to give some more prospective: if you counted $100 every second, it would take you almost 40 years to count Jeff Bezos net worth!
If you could have ANYTHING, what would it be? Think about it. It doesn’t just have to be money, it could be fame, talent, or even the destruction of those you despise. What would you pick?
Solomon was present this once in a lifetime choice. It was no genie in a bottle that offered him three wishes. No, God Almighty spoken to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask what I shall give thee.” In that moment, Solomon could have asked for long life, riches, or for the life of his enemies. Instead, Solomon asked for an understanding heart to judge the people of God. He desired wisdom above everything else.
When Solomon was handed a blank check from God, and knew God could cover any amount Solomon wrote down, Solomon asked for the ability to discern between good and bad. Solomon saw himself as a little child, and didn’t know what to do. At the time, Solomon was around 20 years old, but he expressed great wisdom in asking for wisdom.
Over and over again we see the wisdom of Solomon come in handy as he led Israel to become the world’s dominate power of his time. Every nation wanted to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and it led to a period of prosperity and peace like Israel had never seen.
If I am honest, I don’t know as though I would have made the same choice. I hope I would, but I know me. My ambition and desires often lead me away from wisdom and humility, as they do with most humans. In reality, many Christians make this choice everyday. Instead of seeking the Lord in His Word and prayer, they opt for self reliance or doing things that please them.
In essence, many prefer the “other stuff” over wisdom. Fame, fortune, long life, prosperity, judgment on enemies, and more all sound more appealing to our human flesh. Solomon choose wisdom because he knew it was needed to be everything God wanted him to be.
Today, choose wisdom. Seek God first and seek Him early. Don’t ever settle for less than God’s best for your life, and trust He really does know what is best. You have a “blank check” from God today… a new day, a blank canvas, an empty page, fill it with wisdom… fill it with God.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Kings 3 - 5
1 Kings 3:6
“And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.”