And Solomon said: “…Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
– 1 Kings 3:6-10
Solomon set the stage for an encounter with God by his unassuming obedience and sacrifice. And God indeed appeared to him asking him to tender his request. If he had asked for anything in tandem with the will of God, God would have willingly granted such to him. But Solomon blew the mind of God with his request, and there lies the real secret behind his phenomenal resources. He did not ask for long life, riches or any material thing; he only asked for an understanding heart to judge the people, so that he would not maladminister justice, acquitting the guilty and convicting the innocent. He sought how he could be a blessing to people rather than a liability. His primary preoccupation was people, not himself, and that was how he got God.
Humans have always been the most important asset to God. He is absolutely in love with us, watching over us, tending, protecting, feeding, nurturing and always seeking for ways to bless us (John 3:16). And, anyone who shares that spirit of benevolence to humankind will always be God’s favourite. Solomon asked for a discerning heart to be a blessing to people, and he got more than he bargained for.
If you study the lives of super-rich people, it will not take you long to learn about their benevolent disposition. Next to Solomon, the richest man in world history was John D. Rockefeller, and this is what historians wrote about him: “Rockefeller got his first job at 16 as a bookkeeper. In a move that portended his lifelong commitment to philanthropy, he tithed 10% of his income – from his first paycheck on – to charity. As his wealth grew, so did his charitable contributions. When he died in 1937, Rockefeller had given away half of his amassed fortune, and established philanthropic foundations to continue giving after his death.”
Here is another account about Andrew Carnegie, another super-rich: “Carnegie was a big proponent of philanthropy – in a famous 1889 essay “The Gospel of Wealth,” he wrote that wealth should be distributed to promote the welfare of other people and enrich society. True to his words, Carnegie gave away more than $350 million or almost 90% of his fortune.”
God is willing to commit all to whoever is willing to pass it on. He doesn’t commit much to hoarders. Those who scatter what He offers to bless others are His favoured recipients for more.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!