29God gave Solomon very great wisdom, discernment, and breadth of understanding as vast as the sand on the seashore, 30so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31He was wiser than anyone else, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, children of Mahol; his fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations. 32He composed three thousand proverbs, and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 33He would speak of trees, from the cedar that is in the Lebanon to the hyssop that grows in the wall; he would speak of animals, and birds, and reptiles, and fish. 34People came from all the nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon; they came from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom. (1 Kings 4:29-34, NRSV)
Solomon was blessed by God with wisdom, discernment and breath of judgment. Because of this and his wise sayings and proclamations, his fame spread and people came to him from all over the world to get advice and discernment from him.
Solomon did not ask for wisdom for fame, he asked for wisdom to be a good ruler of the people. But the fame happened.
When we ask God for things is is for our own selfish gain, or is it for God’s people?
Do we seek fame or to help God’s people?