It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked (for wisdom). 1 Kings 3:10

Wisdom is the ability to see life from God’s viewpoint and God’s understanding for application. Doug Sager, Christian

Because you have asked (for wisdom), and have not asked long life, riches, and life of your enemies, . I have done according to your words . And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor…1 Kings 3:11-13

The desires of the heart are an ever allowing or blocking God’s blessings as they stand and pulsate at the edge of our being.

(God to Solomon) if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days. 1 Kings 3:14

The observance of the divine laws constitutes the most effective preventative medicine against disease (physical, mental, or spiritual). Rabbi Musk in I Jakobovits, Jewish Medical Ethics, New York, 1975

When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given (revealing the real mother by pretending to divide the disputed baby in two), they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice. 1 Kings 3:28

Our credibility as Christians in our communities may depend on how well we identify a problem and response to it. Lifeway, Explore the Bible, winter 2006

..and Zabud the son of Nathan (David’s friend), a priest, was (King Solomon’s) friend. 1 Kings 4:5

Our friendships have a lasting impact; they reverberate directly or indirectly through generations to come.