“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people” (3:9). King David had left his son Solomon a vast, united, wealthy kingdom, yet Solomon recognized that it would not be easy to govern well. He humbly asked God for discernment and wisdom, and “it pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this” (v10). As Solomon governed with the Lord’s help, the people flourished: “Judah and Israel lived in safety … every man under his vine and under his fig tree” (4:25).
As God’s people, we are given spiritual and practical gifts “for the common good” (I Cor 12:7). As we fulfill our own callings with God’s help, looking to the needs of others, we all benefit.