2 Chronicles 1 finds Solomon on the throne. He didn’t just sit there. “Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great”. He quickly overcame his inexperience and stepped up to the role that David had given him. Solomon proactively communicated with all the leaders that David had put in place. He spoke to them all, and then gathered the entire assembly at Gibeon and they worshipped God and offered sacrifices to Him. God heard the worship and comes to Solomon that night.
“In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, Ask what I shall give you.” That’s a pretty wide open offer. God calls Solomon to Himself and asks what he might want. Wow – no limits – anything he wants. Solomon didn’t waste much time making his request. He begins by reminding God of His goodness: “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place”. Solomon states the obvious with thanksgiving. And then he makes his request: “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great”? He asks for wisdom and knowledge. Not fame or money, Solomon asks for wisdom. He wants to know the important things of life.
God is pleased with the request. “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you”. God knows the motives of our heart. He can see right through us to understand why we ask for and pray for what we do. And motive matters much in God’s economy. But God doesn’t stop with giving Solomon wisdom. “I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like”. He not only gave Solomon more than he asked for, but in abundance. That is how God works and blesses those who love and serve Him.
Solomon reigned in Israel. He used his God given wisdom to lead well. He amassed a number of chariots and soldiers. And he became wealthy and accumulated much value. “The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore”. Of course, God was the source of that wealth. He is the one who owns all the cattle on a thousand hills. It is all His, and He chooses to allow Solomon to become a recipient of that wealth. He imported livestock and other things and traded with people around the world. His gift of wisdom served him and the people well. Solomon has been set up for success by his father. David put structure in place, created plans, and made it extremely clear that Solomon was the man for the job of taking his place. It was a successful transition done well.