Solomon’s Mistake – Joseph Prince

Solomon was probably about 20 years old when the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” Solomon said, “Lord, give me wisdom.” And God replied, “Lo, I have given you a wise and understanding heart like no other king before or after you.” (1 Kings 3:12)

Most people don’t notice that God also said this:

1 Kings 3:13–14
And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor…So if you walk in My ways…as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Notice that long life was conditional? God said, “If you continue to walk in My ways, then I will lengthen your days.”

We know that Solomon’s wisdom did not stay intact and that he became very disillusioned in his later years. In contrast to the wise sayings recorded in Proverbs, in Ecclesiastes, he wrote things like, “For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18) And he died young—probably around the age of 60. (1 Kings 11:42–43) What happened?

Solomon exchanged gods in his later years. He forgot that God was his true wisdom, success and source. Without the Lord, the Giver, the gift became unfulfilling and corrupted. Solomon only had the left hand of wisdom. He never had the right hand, because the right hand of God is our Lord Jesus Christ, and Solomon had forsaken the Lord.

So you see, there’s something wrong when a believer only wants the gifts, but does not have a heart for the Giver. It’s not about thinking, “Jesus is all I need, I don’t need a career or money.” It’s about making Him your focus.


-Your Every Blessing Is Found In The Person Of Jesus