Solomon is described in this chapter as loving the Lord, and following all the decrees of his father, David, except that he also offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local places of worship. He went to Gibeon, the most important place fo worship, and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings. Yes, you read that right. One thousand.
That night God appeared to the new king in a dream, and asked Solomon to name what he wanted, and that he, God, would give it to him.
I love Solomons response. He said he didn't know his way around. That he is following this well established king, his father David, and that he'd like wisdom for this new unfamiliar role.
I remember watching pastors as I grew up. I had my favorites based on very personal young ideals. And then later when I was assigned to a congregation I realized that I felt totally unprepared. I was nothing like any of those seasoned guys! In that instance I would not have asked for money or authority given Solomons same question... I knew I was too out of my depth to think that those things would have helped. I really think Solomon asked for the right thing here. And I completely understand where he was coming from. Reading this chapter he didn't ask for wisdom because he was wise! He asked for wisdom because he didn't have it, and because he needed it!
When morning came, Solomon woke up and realized it had all been a dream - but Solomons wish for wisdom was still real.
He got up, and carried on with his day. Not knowing if wisdom had been given or not.
Sometimes we have to get up and on with our day, living like what we need has been given.
Some time later, two prostitutes came to court to have an argument settled. Both had had a baby, but one of the babies had died. And now both women claimed the living baby as their own. There was no DNA. No signed birth certificates. No proof.
With no answer in sight, Solomon suggests killing the living baby and give each mother half of it. One prostitute said "ok," the other said "no way - give the baby to her." Solomon then gave the living baby to the real mother, the one who wanted him to stay alive.
We are told at the end of the chapter that Solomons country recognized Gods wisdom in him that day.
All of us need to live like God is working through us. Don't wait for signs of Gods blessing. You can be confident he is absolutely blessing you today. So go and live knowing that his blessing will show up.