If God came to you and asked, “What shall I give you,” the character of your heart would ultimately decide your choice.
God did appear to Solomon in a dream, as He often did with Old Testament prophets. Given his choice of anything he wanted, Solomon chose wisely.
Solomon was a man who loved the Lord (v3) and walked in his ways as David his father. Solomon was free-hearted and a giver to the Lord (v4). Solomon was a man of humility knowing that he could not accomplish what God wanted him to do in his own strength and knowledge, so he asked God for it. (James 3:13-18).
When we pray correctly God hears our prayers and it pleases Him. Because Solomon had not asked amiss, God did not only give him what he asked, but also, so much more exceedingly than what he asked for. God knows that man’s carnal inclinations are usually for wealth and fame, but all Solomon wanted was the ability to do God’s will God’s way. We would probably throw into our carnal desires some vindictive revenge against our enemies, just for good measure.
He gave Solomon such wisdom that verse 12 states, “Lo, I have given you a wise and understanding heart; so that there was non like thee before thee; neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee” (v12) and “I have also given thee that which thou has not asked, both riches and honor; so that there shall not be any like you among the kings all thy days. But, more than that and better, I will give thee of your days if you continue to follow in the ways of the Lord.”
Solomon’s wealth was overwhelming. His annual gold intake was $3.3 billion. His wisdom was in surpassable. People and kings came from all over the earth to hear his wisdom. The Queen of Sheba exclaimed, “It was a true report that I heard in my own land of thy acts and thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came and mine eyes had seen it; and behold the half was not told me; Thy wisdom and prosperity exceeds the fame which I heard!”
But praise unto His glorious name, greater than Solomon is here (Matthew 12:42). He is greater in every aspect, but only He can forgive sin and secure our salvation for all eternity.