Solomon had a once-in-a-lifetime chance; God himself did the asking. God said, “Ask what I shall give thee”. When Solomon asked for the right gift, God gave him everything.
Wisdom was that gift. Wisdom delivers from evil men. Wisdom is life to the soul, better than gold, sweet like honey, and the principal thing. Wisdom is the tool God used to create the earth. Wisdom is like a flowing brook. It is soothing, refreshing, transfixing. It is art. It is music.
Yet, there is a gift better than power, better than honor, better than wealth, better than wisdom, better than Jesus’ personal presence — the gift of God’s own spirit. Jesus said “I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” I can’t describe the Holy Spirit, but I can see what he’s done. We need not look beyond the lives of Elisha, Jesus, Peter, Stephen, and Paul to see the Holy Spirit give comfort in pain, contentment in poverty, unselfishness in wealth, expectation in disappointment, meekness in honor, strength in weakness, courage in fear, purpose in vanity, security in adversity, power in death, heaven on earth, certainty of eternity.
God is eager to give certain gifts to certain people. God eagerly gave wisdom to Solomon. Today he is eager to give the Holy Spirit to us who ask.
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13)