“Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties (1 Kings 3:5)”
At some point in our lives, we all have had the desire to be placed in a prestigious position. We want to be able to make a significant impact while present here on earth. However, after being placed in that role, do we find ourselves becoming a bit hesitant? The full understanding of what our new position entails may be a bit more than we had first envisioned.
King Solomon found himself in such a situation after he had taken the place of his father, King David, as King over Israel. He was aware of the significance of this role and realized that he was but a child. He felt that he did not have what it would take to be a good king.
“Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number (1 Kings 3:8)
As King over Israel, Solomon was not just to lead a small group of people, but to lead a nation where the amount of people was too numerous to count. When it can be a challenge to lead a small group of people, this was a high order that God had bestowed upon Solomon. Solomon was aware of his own inadequacies, but he still had a choice. Would he try to lead with his own limited understandings? Or would he seek a greater power for guidance?
“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours? (1 Kings 3:9)”
King Solomon chose to ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance as he sought to lead the people of Israel. While he could have asked for anything from the Lord, this revealed Solomon’s desire to lean on the Lord for the guidance needed. Solomon also was aware that the people he was to govern, while under his leadership, were not his own people, but the Lord’s. Solomon was simply a resource to be used by the Lord.
When it comes to our own leadership, may we know that it is not so much about the role we are placed in, but the opportunity to glorify the Lord through those roles. May we also know that we can lean on the Lord for wisdom and guidance. He is our rock, our strength, and refuge. Nothing is too big or small for the Lord.
As God’s children, God delights in providing for us opportunities to glorify him. He is fully aware of our gifts, our talents, our fears, and our doubts. Yet, God is always present for us. As we allow God to work in and through us, may we experience the fullness and joy of being one of God’s children. Through these times of struggle and challenge, may we call out to the Lord more frequently, knowing that he will grant us the wisdom necessary to take on what he is calling us into. Amen