I was reading 1 Kings 3 today and I was amazed at God's patience and grace toward sinners (like Paul said, I am chief among them). Particularly in this chapter, God takes the initiative in granting grace and favor to Solomon. Solomon asks for wisdom and discernment; God gives him much more. Not because Solomon requested it, but because God wanted to do it. Extravagant? Maybe by our perspective, but it is totally normal with God.
Was Solomon destined for a life of godliness? No, and God knew that. Yet, God still granted him favor. How gracious is our God!