2 Chronicles 1.7 asks, ‘what should I give you?’ Its almost Christmas and the question everyone is asking is, ‘what do you want for Christmas?’
When Solomon became king of Israel God asked him what one thing he would ask from God. Since this time fantasies have been told and retold of men asking gods or genies for one wish to fulfill their greatest desire.
It is inherent to our selfishness to want which is why we think of Christmas in terms of getting rather than giving. We never ask, ‘what will you be giving for Christmas’ only, ‘what do you want for Christmas?’
Solomon choose wisdom when God offered him one wish. While God approved the choice because it wasn’t selfish it might not have been the best thing Solomon could have asked.
In the end, wisdom did not keep Solomon’s heart loyal to God; in the end Solomon acted like there were many gods instead of just the One True God he knew was real. It will be interesting to see if Solomon made it into heaven after he died for at the end of his life he turned away from God.
Many people are hoping and praying for things this Christmas season, some noble and some ignoble.
What is the one thing we really, really want? Would it help us remain loyal to God forever? Would it ensure our acceptance by God into His eternal kingdom?
What we desire most reveals what we love most and if it is not God then we risk missing eternal life with Him Who commands He be loved first and most with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.