God’s Blank Check

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Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,
and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
for I give you good precepts;
do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a son with my father,
tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a graceful garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.” –Proverbs 4:1-9

If you rushed through those verses, please go back and read them carefully. In 1 Kings 3, Solomon has an incredible dream and encounter with God. Essentially, God shows up and asks him what he wants–no preconditions, no limitations. Have you ever wondered at Solomon’s response? Here’s what he said,

“…give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” –1 Kings 3:9

Maybe it was a fluke or a lucky guess. Or maybe we can infer from these verses in Proverbs that David had prepared Solomon his whole life for that encounter with God.

Solomon says he was a tender or young child when his father admonished him on the high value of wisdom. It definitely seem to leave an impression on him (however many times David said it). This one encounter with God and Solomon’s answer set him up to be one of the wisest and most prosperous kings who ever lived. Perhaps this was God’s test for Solomon.

When presented with a blank check, what would he choose?

wealthI mean, it would be understandable to ask for wealth to build infrastructure and increase prosperity for everyone. A king does need security from foreign invaders and enemies and it’s helpful not to face dissent from within. How about an extension of power and borders.  All those things make sense from an earthly king perspective.

But David had trained him differently. If you honor wisdom, you’ll be exalted. You’ll have a crown that surpasses natural power and influence. I believe this is what God has called His people to in this hour.

Uncommon sense. Unparalleled wisdom.

We can keep grabbing for power in legislative bodies and political structures, asking God to give us these things. We can ask for wealth to do what God’s called the Church to do. We can ask for the expansion of borders. True kings know to look elsewhere.

You need humility to ask for wisdom, and it’s hard when power, wealth, influence, etc. looks like a shortcut to what God promised.

In reality, wisdom from the Father trumps all these concerns. It’s not natural and earthly-focused. It’s divinely inspired and focused on bringing the reign of heaven to earth. It looks to do well by people and not simply try to overtake the systems of men.

The beauty of grace is, Solomon was prepared to make the right decision.

Are you? If God handed you a blank check, what would you cash it in on? What are your thoughts on this?

Another in a series of posts where I go through Proverbs a verse or two at a time and share the whispers of the Holy Spirit to my heart (click here for more verse by verse posts).


  1. bill (cycleguy)

    I have wondered this from time to time. If I had been Solomon and God offered this to me, what would I ask for? Hmmm I would like to think it might be wisdom, but being totally honest…I just don’t know. No doubt I could use it. 🙂 I’m still not sure what I would ask for if handed a blank check. Wisdom sound like a good deal though.
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    • jasonS

      I know what you mean! Wisdom did seem to work out for Solomon though. It was only when his wisdom became untethered to an intimacy with God that he went off into idolatry and despair. Wisdom and intimacy is a powerful combo! Thank you, Bill.

      October 17, 2013
  2. floyd

    Great verses. The fact that Solomon chose that at such a young age is nothing short of miraculous. I spent most of my life praying for blessings on the outside, things that could be calculated. I now pray for things on the inside, things that can’t be calculated by mere numbers. The treasures we store inside are the only gifts we leave behind that matters… and they’re the only ones we carry with us to the other side. Perspective is everything. And a Godly perspective is one of wisdom that seeks to measure the treasures from the inside out.

    Great and encouraging post, Jason. Thanks, man.

    Posted on October 17, 2013
    • jasonS

      Thanks so much, Floyd! We can get so wrapped up in the material world and try to bring God into our thinking--just never going to work. He does offer His hand of provision in so many areas, but those intangible things is what He wants us to see and grasp, like you said. Good thoughts! Thanks again.

      October 17, 2013
  3. Martha Orlando

    I would want God to give me eyes and ears to see and hear His will for my life, and the wisdom of discernment to understand and follow Him.
    Really made me think with this post, Jason!
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    • jasonS

      Glad you were engaged, Martha! That’s what I want, especially when the subject matter engages my spirit so much. 🙂 Thank you.

      October 17, 2013
  4. Dusty

    And true wisdom only comes from God. It is His gift to bestow.

    For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. ~Proverbs 2:6-8

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    • jasonS

      True. All other wisdom fails and corrupts. His is pure and life-giving. Thanks Dusty.

      October 18, 2013
  5. Ed

    I have asked myself this question many times, and I always echoed Solomon’s reply. Well not exactly…lol. I truly thought that wisdom was on there up there. But now as I grow older, I find myself desiring good health for myself and my family. It seems strange to ask for this, because if I asked for wisdom, I would have had good health in the first place.
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    • jasonS

      🙂 I think you’re right. Many of the things we pray and ask for could be taken care of if we asked Him for wisdom instead. Probably (or at least in my case), I might have been hesitant to ask for wisdom on health or whatever else because I wanted my way. There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death (and size 50 pants). 🙂 Thanks Ed.

      October 18, 2013

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