I’ve been thinking yesterday and today about the position Solomon was in when God came to Him and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” I mean, he wasn’t just anywhere, doing anything, you know?
He had just been established as the King of Israel, and he made a decision to go to Gibeon, because “God’s tent of meeting was there” (1 Chronicles 1:3b). When he arrived, the Bible says he offered a thousand sacrifices.
When God revealed Himself to Solomon, Solomon had been seeking God, almost wooing Him. It wasn’t out of nowhere.
If we want to meet with God, it won’t be out of nowhere for us, either. Jeremiah 29:13-14a says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” Part of the romance of a relationship with God is that He too desires to be sought after, pursued, and fought for. And when we encounter Him as we seek Him, He fills and satisfies us beyond what we can ask or imagine.