Solomon was King David’s son and took his father’s place as king over Israel after David died. The Bible tells us that by this time, the Israelites had become a nation “as numerous as the dust of the Earth” (2 Chr 1:9), so when God asked Solomon what he would like, Solomon took the opportunity to ask God for wisdom:
Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?”
Solomon had the opportunity to ask for wealth, but he didn’t; he sought something that would benefit both himself and the people he was governing, and God was pleased with the motives behind his request. God loved the Israelites so much that He miraculously saved them from slavery and brought them into freedom. It’s a narrative that sounds a bit familiar, right? God loved the world so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from slavery and bring us into freedom through a relationship with Him. As believers, we, like Solomon, have influence over people that God loves dearly. How do we use this influence? Do we ask God for wisdom and courage to speak the gospel boldly, or do we see any influence we might have as an opportunity to advance our own agendas?
God gave Solomon wisdom because Solomon’s heart’s desire was to care for the people God loved. God loves the people at your school; the ones who’ve never heard the gospel and the ones who are nominal Christians, and He desires to use you to grow His Kingdom. Is your heart’s motivation to love your school?