Children’s Sermon – Be Wise Like Solomon – Second Chronicles 1:7-10
(Aim to be Wise!)
Bible Verse: 2 Chronicles 1:7-10
7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
- a genie
- wishing well
- fairy godmother
- tooth fairy
- and others
God Grants Solomon Great Wisdom
Hello boys and girls! How are you today? Come, lets gather around and talk about an interesting person this morning. Are you all settled? Now, I have here some photos of fictional characters you may or may not be familiar with. [Show photos of known mythical figures that supposedly grant wishes. Let children take turns identifying the characters.] Now, we know this is all make-believe, right? But, what do they have in common? Or, what do they do in common? Right. Movies and cartoon shows depict these characters as mythical or magic figures that can grant wishes or make your dreams come true.
Now kids, if 3 or even just 1 of your wishes can come true right now, what would you ask for? [Let children take turns sharing their thoughts.] Interesting. Interesting. Can they all come true right this very minute, if we wish for it? Can they possibly come true sometime in the future? Well, yes, no, or maybe later.
We know that with God, all things are possible. He hears our prayers and we can ask all these in prayer to Him. And if God sees a good reason for you to have something and when to have it, He may well give it to you sometime, at the perfect time. Indeed, more than a genie, God our loving heavenly Father can be trusted to grant those wishes (through prayer) that are in your best interest at a time He sees fitting for you to have them.
Moving on, do you know of a person in the Bible that wished (asked for something through prayer at came true? [Check if any of the kids can share about this.] Right, right. But, there’s also another well-known person who wished for something and God gave him his very wish and a whole lot more. It’s King Solomon. [Read the passage.]
Solomon is Made King
Solomon was made king in place of his father. He knew that he would have to be responsible for a lot of things and a lot of people. One night, God asked him for his wish, for what he wanted God to give him. And what did he ask God for? Yes, he asked for wisdom. He could have asked for anything he wanted but he chose wisdom, not for himself, but for other people. You see, he wanted to be wise so he could help and lead God’s people well, especially after his father King David was long gone.
God was pleased with Solomon’s unselfish heart. He granted Solomon’s very wish. He gifted Solomon with great wisdom that he not only became wise, but he lived to be the wisest person on earth during his time. His reputation for being wise and smart reached everywhere. He was so popular that important people came to visit and meet with him.
Not only that, God was so generous to Solomon, and gave him everything else he didn’t even ask for: riches, lands, and more. He grew up to be a very accomplished king in his time.
Desire Wisdom First
Children, today let me encourage you to be like King Solomon. Have a heart that desires wisdom first. You know, materials stuff, they pass away. They get old. They get broken. They get outdated. But, wisdom will serve you for many years to come. Ask God to make you wise and smart so you can do the right things, say the right words, and make the right decisions.
Search for God’s Wisdom
Make it a priority to search for God’s wisdom in His Word, the Bible. Spend time with people who love God and know Him and His Word. God will also use them to make you wise. More importantly, love studying. Love school work. Love school classes. Education adds knowledge and from knowledge will come smartness and wisdom.
Children, be like King Solomon. Aim to be wise. Ask God, and do your part! Let’s pray.