Living Bible Translation (1 Kings 3:3-9)
3 Solomon loved the Lord and followed all of his father David’s instructions except that he continued to sacrifice in the hills and to offer incense there. 4 The most famous of the hilltop altars was at Gibeon, and now the king went there and sacrificed one thousand burnt offerings! 5 The Lord appeared to him in a dream that night and told him to ask for anything he wanted, and it would be given to him!
6 Solomon replied, ‘You were wonderfully kind to my father David because he was honest and true and faithful to you, and obeyed your commands. And you have continued your kindness to him by giving him a son to succeed him. 7 O Lord my God, now you have made me the king instead of my father David, but I am as a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am among your own chosen people, a nation so great that there are almost too many people to count! 9 Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. For who by himself is able to carry such a heavy responsibility?’
There are two important truths we should pay attention to in this passage of Scripture:
In verse seven, Solomon metaphorically refers to himself as “a little child who doesn’t know his way around.” I see this verse as a valuable model of leadership for all of us; that the best leaders lead with humility, always seeking knowledge and advice from God and those who surround him or her. Whether we manage a home, a small business, or a giant corporation, accepting that we don’t know everything about our given task will make us better leaders.
In verse two, he [Solomon] continued to sacrifice in the hills and to offer incense there. God insists — and He has every right to insist certain things — that we worship Him only. Not making sacrifices in the hills or burning incense there. God supported Solomon in the beginning of his reign. Nevertheless, even after Solomon sought guidance from God, his foreign wives led him to idolatry. Therefore, God took his support for Solomon away.
Read about it here. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+11%3A9-13&version=TLB
These kinds of lessons may put a harsh view of God into our heads but I know from experience that when I listen to God, everything in my life is better than when I don’t listen.