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Jacob Chronicles for Kids: Volume 1, Issue 26

I Kings 3:7-9 "Lord my God, you have allowed me to be king in my father’s place. But I am like a little child. I do not have the wisdom I need to do what I must do. I, your servant, am here among your chosen people. There are too many of them to count. So I ask that you give me wisdom. Then I can rule the people in the right way. Then I will know the difference between right and wrong. (ICB Version)

Solomon, son of King David, sat on the throne after his father died. His kingdom stood firm. King Solomon appeared strong and mighty to his enemies. But the Lord knew King Solomon's heart. He knew that, on the inside, King Solomon felt afraid.

The Lord appeared to King Solomon in a dream. And God said, "Ask! What shall I give you?" Solomon told God all his fears. He told God that he didn't know how to be king. The kingdom was so great, and there were too many people to count. How could King Solomon fill his father's shoes?

Then Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom to rule Israel. He asked God for understanding so he would know the difference between good and evil. He wanted to be a fair king to God's people. The Lord was pleased, and He gave King Solomon his request. God also promised Solomon riches and a long life. God required one thing of King Solomon. He must walk in God's ways and keep His commandments just like his father, King David.

Have you ever been asked to do something really big? Maybe, like King Solomon, you appeared strong and mighty on the outside. But inside you felt afraid. Maybe you thought someone else could do a better job than you.

Remember God is with you, and He can handle it. So take your fear to God and ask Him to give you wisdom to what is right. He will listen and help you complete the work He has given you.


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