Solomon was about twenty years old when he became king. He had never been a king before. And his dad was the greatest king Israel had ever had. Could you imagine the pressure! There were millions of people counting on him to lead them well, like his dad did. So, what did he do? The smartest thing any of us could do – he asked God for wisdom.
“Lord my God, now you have made me, your servant, king in my father’s place. But I am like a little child; I don’t know how to do what must be done. I, your servant, am here among your chosen people, and there are too many of them to count. I ask that you give me a heart that understands, so I can rule the people in the right way and will know the difference between right and wrong. Otherwise, it is impossible to rule this great people of yours.” 1 Kings 3:7-9
It goes on to say that God gave Solomon such wisdom that there was no one like him before, or since.
How did Solomon get this wisdom? Was it through much study, life experience, or mentoring? No. It came directly from God in one night!
It was a gift.
Did you know that this same gift is available to you, too? You walk with the very same God, and you, too, face very difficult, complex issues where you need wisdom beyond your own. In fact, with the current COVID-19 restrictions, we all need more wisdom than maybe ever before.
Here is a tremendous promise to the believer:
“He stores up sound wisdom for the upright…” Proverbs 2:7a
He does not store it from you, but for you.
It is like parents who store up an inheritance for their kids. They do not keep it from them, but for them.
One of my favorite stories about God’s wisdom is from a former member of our church. He is a carpenter. He hangs crown molding. He was working on a high-end home that had high ceilings with corners that came together from multiple angles. No matter how hard he tried he could not figure out the combination to make the molding come together just right. So, he prayed.
That night he had a dream (just like Solomon did!). In the dream he saw a piece of paper with the exact dimensions written on it. When he woke up, he wrote down what he saw. When he got to work, he tried the dimensions and it all clicked into place perfectly!
The key to receiving this kind of wisdom is to go get it! And the writer, king David, tells us how:
“Cry out for insight and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:3-6 NLT
It is the same way Solomon got it – he cried out for it!
The Bible says that wisdom is the most important thing in life, (Proverbs 4:7), and that all her paths are filled with peace (Proverbs 3:17).
If there is anything we need right now it is wisdom!
I could not live without it, and I don’t, because I am constantly asking for it.
Ask God for His wisdom in your current situation. He will give it to you, and you will be amazed at the results.
Q. What do you need God’s wisdom for?
Q. Have you asked Him for it? If not, why not?