“Now, Lord my God, You have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
1 Kings 3:7-9
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
When Solomon was made king of Israel, he offered up a thousand burnt offerings at Gibeon which was well accepted by the Lord.
The Lord then appeared to Solomon in a dream, asking him what he wanted from the Lord. With great humility and sincerity, Solomon asked for an understanding heart so that he would be able to govern the Lord’s people with whom he was entrusted. The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request because he had not asked for the death of his enemies, long life or great riches but desired wisdom to accomplish his role as king over the people. God, therefore, granted his request and gave him wisdom and understanding but He also blessed Solomon with riches and honour as well.
If we are asked by the Lord today as to what we desire, what would our response be? Would we ask for wealth and material possessions, or perhaps recognition and honour for our good deeds? Maybe we desire a long, prosperous life on this earth; or would our hearts be like that of Solomon’s, desiring wisdom and understanding to serve the Lord’s people, relying on the Lord’s guidance and strength to fulfil our God-given tasks.
James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” God’s wisdom cannot be compared to the wisdom of man and it is only when we seek the supernatural wisdom from above that lives will be changed and we will bear fruit that is worthy of His calling.
I want to trust You and not lean on my own understanding. Please help me to listen and respond to correction so that I may grow in wisdom. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo & Manju