“The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request. God said to him, “Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies, I grant your request and give you a wise and discerning mind superior to that of anyone who has preceded or will succeed you. Furthermore, I am giving you what you did not request—riches and honor so that you will be the greatest king of your generation. If you follow my instructions by obeying my rules and regulations, just as your father David did, then I will grant you long life.” –1 Kings 3:10-14
Notice how it says “the Lord was pleased” with Solomon’s request for wisdom. Yet it is certain that God was not pleased with all of Solomon’s wayward ways. For surely Solomon had already begun amassing horses (1Ki 4:26) from Egypt (1Ki 10:26-28) after making an alliance with Egypt, the former nation of bondage (1Ki 3:1). This was in direct violation of the law for the king to do (Deu 17:6). Furthermore, he was worshipping on the high places (v.2-3), also in violation of the very law (Deu 12:5) the king was commanded to copy and read (Deu 17:18-19).
We may wonder why God did not address any of these issues in the vision. Yet, need God repeat Himself when He has already spoken from His Word? Is not the stress of absolute obedience (v.14) a confirmation of all that has already been spoken by Him?
Too often we ask for visions and expect personal direction from God, while disregarding the Scriptures where He has already spoken all the truth we need. Did our Savior not say, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments,” (John 14:15)? Are we not commanded to teach disciples to “obey EVERYTHING” that Jesus commanded (Mat 28:20)? His promises (by His divine power) are sufficient to transform our lives and affections (2Pe 1:4), every word profitable for training in righteousness (2Ti 3:16). Yet are we seeking such wisdom in faithful diligence, or in doubtful neglect (Jam 1:5-8)? For blessings reside on the one who delights in meditating on God’s commands (Psa 1:2) and seeks for such wisdom as a priceless treasure (Pro 2:3-5; Mat 13:44-46).
“I will find delight in your commands, which I love. I will lift my hands to your commands, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.” –Psalm 119:47-48