At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
God will meet you where you are.
Solomon was in Gibeon when he encountered God here. What was he doing in Gibeon? He was offering sacrifices to idols. He was in outright sin and rebellion. And yet God met Him there.
God is not intimidated or threatened by your sin. It grieves Him, but His arm is not too short to reach out to you, even when you’re in the midst of the pigsty of sin.
It was in this context that God clearly appears to Solomon and says, “Ask me for anything. And I will give it to you”.
This is the grand-daddy blank cheque of all prayer. God says, name it, it’s yours!
Now remember that Solomon is offering sacrifices to idols. He is not in a “good place”. His heart is inclining towards all sorts of sin and folly.
Doesn’t it say something about the ways of God, that this is how He would encounter Solomon? God is not one who is afraid to take risks!
But what I love is that Solomon’s answer (verse 9) – wisdom to lead the people well – pleased God. Solomon, in spite of his sin and in spite of where he was, got the answer “right”.
In a single moment Solomon went from the basement of debauchery to the threshold of stepping into his destiny in God. Wow. It’s not how we would lay the story out. But it is how God chose to. What an amazing portrait of the grace of God!
Wherever you are, you are not too far from God. God is just a prayer away and an encounter away from stepping out mess you’re in and getting right back on track with your future in God.
PRAYER: Father, forgive me for my folly. Cleanse me and meet with me. I want to realign myself with your Word and purpose for my life. Thank you for your Grace, in Jesus name, Amen.