When asked what Solomon would have God grant him, Solomon did not ask for riches and such, but for wisdom. God said to the king, that because he had asked only for wisdom, “I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like” (1:12). Can’t help but think of Jesus’ words: “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these other things will be added to you.”
As Solomon was preparing to build the temple, he asked: “But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build him a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?” (2:6) In Jeremiah's day, the people had a different view, i.e., that the temple was the place where God physically dwelled, and they asked, “Would God destroy his own home?” Foolish! Solomon had it right!
At the temple’s dedication, Solomon acknowledged, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he has promised with his mouth to David” (6:4). God does exactly what he says he will do!
So much of Solomon’s prayer of dedication in chapter 6 is given to acknowledging that we all sin, but also that whenever a nation or an individual turns from sin and toward God and asks for forgiveness, God is quick to grant that forgiveness. And, of course, this truth is underscored in that famous verse: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves . . .” (7:14).
How happy are all they who hear
true Wisdom’s guiding voice;
and who her understanding make
their early, only choice.
For she has treasures greater far
than east or west unfold;
and her rewards more precious are
than all their stores of gold. -- Michael Bruce (18th century)