1. If God promised to give you anything you asked for, what would it be?
2. Our culture affects us through little compromises. Name some examples of dangerous and incremental changes happening around us.
3. As David neared the end of his life, he gave a charge to his son Solomon (1 Kings 2:1-4; The Story, p. 176). What did he command Solomon and how do these words reflect what David had learned from his own experience?
4. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered to give him whatever he asked (1 Kings 3:5-14; The Story, pp. 176-177). For what did Solomon ask? For what did he refrain from asking?
5. As Solomon’s wisdom grew, the Holy Spirit inspired him to write and collect wise sayings. According to Proverbs 1:1-7 (The Story, p. 179), what is the purpose and value of the proverbs and why are they needed just as much today as they were in ancient times?
6. The Story (pp. 179-183) includes many examples of proverbs. Respond to one of the questions below about this collection of wise sayings:
a. What do they teach us about fearing God?
b. What do they teach us about God-honoring relationships?
c. What do they teach us about how to handle finances wisely?
d. What do they teach us about how we use our words?
7. As the temple was dedicated, Solomon prayed and spoke to the people of Israel (1 Kings 8:22-61; The Story, pp. 186-188). What do his words teach us about God? What does he ask for himself and for the people? How can his prayer assist us in the way we speak with God?
8. At the end of his life, the wise King Solomon did some very foolish things (1 Kings 11:1-13; The Story, pp. 191-192). What did he do and what were some of the consequences?
9. What can we do to finish our stories well?