Genie in a Bottle

Solomon had made a peace treaty with pharaoh king of Egypt by marrying pharaoh’s daughter. He understood that a pagan queen should not be with the Ark of the Covenant (at David’s palace), so she was brought to the City of David instead. A Canaanite tradition of sacrificing in the mountains (to be closer to their gods) was practiced by everyone, including Solomon. Solomon wanted to show his love for God by living his life like his father David did, but he continued to sacrifice like the pagans did. The Lord appeared to Solomon at night in a dream and offered him one wish. Solomon did not have a selfish heart and he realized his inexperience as a leader (only 20 years old), so he asked for a discerning heart to govern God’s people. Really what he asked for was a heart tuned to the voice of God. You know the rest of the story. God gave him a discerning heart, plus power, riches, and a chance for long life if he obeys God’s word. The interesting thing is how God’s blessing brought him closer to God. He turned from the high place to the appropriate place to sacrifice (stood in front of the Ark of the Covenant). The sacrificed burnt offerings expressed the complete dedication of himself to God. To show his joy and gratitude, Solomon gave a feast for his whole court.

If you had one wish, what would it be?
I thought about that and then I realized my selfishness within me and how my heart is not in tune with God like I want it to be. I was wishing for my own desires. I came up with a list of material possessions a mile long. (So I guess I don’t have to worry about God asking me for one wish).
Something that I want to make clear is that God is not a genie in a bottle as many claim him to be. The prayers that go with that mentality are selfish and they’re not looking to what God’s will is, but your own. What I would want you to get out of this is how Solomon loved God by walking according to God’s word. As the Lord convicted Solomon, he quickly changed his ways because his heart was now tuned into God’s voice. Because of God’s blessing, Solomon dedicated himself to God and now is walking even closer to God than before.