As King David was ready to die, he appointed Solomon to be the next king. There were probably many things on David’s mind that he wanted to tell Solomon, but David chose these wise words: “…observe what the Lord your God requires. Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements…”. David knew the importance of teaching his son not only to love and obey God’s words, but also to live by them.
Solomon was given one opportunity to ask God for whatever he wanted. Solomon chose wisdom. It’s a good possibility that David’s last words to his son had some bearing on Solomon’s choice.
Wisdom is the application of God’s Word to life. One must first know God’s Word before he can apply it. Regular time reading God’s Word, and then committing it to memory is key. It is critical because it transforms our lives. Instead of focusing on the behavior, it is a focus on the beliefs and character. The goal is not to control the behavior; the goal is to develop true growth in holiness (sanctification).
God does not desire us to try and be good on our own. We need to realize that we are not capable of wisdom without the help of God. God does desire to change us from the inside out through the wisdom of His Word.
Last week we learned about God’s forgiveness. King David sinned against God by taking Bathsheba who was another man’s wife to be his own. David tried to hide his sin, and even had Bathsheba’s husband murdered in battle. God knew David’s sin, and sent the prophet, Nathan, to confront David.
What was David’s response when Nathan confronted him?
David confessed that he had sinned against the Lord.
Even though God forgave him, David still had to suffer the consequences of his sin. David’s son died.
Scripture Reading: I Kings 2:1–4,10–12; 3:1–15 This is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section.
Talk About It
- King Solomon was David’s son. In I Kings 3:3, we learn one good thing and one bad thing about Solomon. What do we learn? The good thing was that Solomon tried to show his love for the Lord by trying to do what his father, David, had told him to do. The bad thing was that Solomon continued to worship at the “high places”.
- What were the “high places”? High places were pagan altars where people worshipped idols. Many of these were built by the Canaanites who lived in the Promised Land before the Israelites came.
- When Solomon prayed to God, what did he ask God to give him? He asked for a discern- ing heart so he would have wisdom to be a good ruler.
- What did God do? Because Solomon did not make a selfish request for money or a long life, God gave Solomon amazing wisdom. Because of His great love, God told Solomon he would have great honor and riches as well. Today people still use the phrase “the wisdom or splen- dor of Solomon” because of how wise and rich Solomon became.
- Solomon asked God for wisdom, and God gave it to him. Do you think we can ask God for wisdom just like Solomon did? Are there situations right now where we need God’s wisdom? James 1:5 tells us that if any of us lacks wisdom, we can pray to God and ask Him for it. God loves it when we pray and ask for wisdom!
Use the following verse as a basis for your prayer time. Thank God for giving His Word and to help your family make wise decisions by using God’s word when making choices.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
Do: Family Activity
Solomon asked God for wisdom. He realized the only way it was possible for him to have wisdom was to get it from God. It is the same of us today. Use the following activity to teach your children how difficult it is to live our lives in the right way without the wisdom of God.
- Collect various shoes and put them in a pile
- Blindfold one family member
- Tell him he has 1 minute to find his shoes 4. Have each member try the same
Discuss the difficulty of finding the shoes while blindfolded. Throughout life we have many choices that we have to make. It is only through knowing God’s Word that we can make wise decisions. God’s word has a lot to say about how we should live our lives.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Whatever we put into our minds becomes part of our hearts, so we need to be careful what goes into our minds.
Solomon Asked for Wisdom (I Kings 2–3) (lesson for Vista Dublin 11/9/14)