Early in Solomon’s life, God appeared to him in a dream. “What should I give you?” God asked. Solomon’s response set him apart from many other kings. Solomon’s heart was surrendered to God. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His word.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead God’s people.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12; 3:1-15. This story can be found on page 86 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
David had been the king of Israel for many years, and now his son Solomon was going to be king. God had promised David that Israel’s king would always be someone from his family. Before David died, he gave Solomon some instructions.
“Be strong and brave, Solomon,” David said. “Obey God, and you will be successful. God will keep His promise that every king of Israel will come from our family.” When David died, Solomon became the king of Israel.
One night, God appeared to Solomon in a dream. God said, “Solomon, ask for anything you want, and I will give it to you.”
A king might have asked to live a long life or to have lots of riches. Solomon could have asked God to give him victory over all his enemies. But Solomon did not ask to be rich or to have a long life. Solomon wanted to be a good king. He asked for something even better.
Solomon prayed, “God, please make me wise and obedient to You. Help me know the difference between right and wrong. Help me lead Your people well.”
God was happy with Solomon’s request. God said, “I will give you wisdom. Because you have asked for wisdom, I will also give you what you did not ask for: long life, riches, and honor. You will be greater than any other king during your lifetime.”
Solomon woke up and realized God had spoken to him in a dream. Solomon praised God and offered sacrifices to worship Him.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Who became king of Israel after David? (Solomon)
- What did God promise David’s family? (Every king of Israel would come from David’s family)
- What did God tell Solomon? (Ask for anything and I will give it to you)
- What did Solomon ask God for? (wisdom)
- Why did Solomon ask for wisdom? (so he would be a good king)
- What did God give Solomon? (wisdom, long life, riches, and honor)
- What did David tell Solomon before he died? (be strong and brave and obey God)
- Who became the king of Israel after King David died? (Solomon)
- How did God speak to Solomon? (in a dream)
- True or false: Solomon asked to be rich. (false, Solomon asked for wisdom to lead God’s people)
- Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Solomon was a wise king who wanted to follow God’s plan. God had a plan to send a greater and wiser king – Jesus. Jesus trusted God and followed God’s plan by dying on the cross for our sin.
Solomon was a wise king who wanted to do God’s plan. God planned to give His people a greater and wiser king – His Son, Jesus. Jesus completely trusted God with His life. Jesus surrendered His own life to die on the cross for our sin.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, praise God that He is wise and that He gives us wisdom, just like He gave Solomon wisdom! Ask God for wisdom in your everyday life. Ask for wisdom to trust in Jesus and to follow God’s plan for your life.