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WHY DID HE ASK FOR WISDOM?

Jennifer Cole

Have you ever wondered why Solomon asked God for wisdom? Do you remember the story...God said to ask Him for ANYTHING...and Solomon asks for wisdom? How many of us feel like we maybe wouldn’t have had as “holy” a request? Let’s see if we can find clues as to why he did this, as we revisit the story from 1 Kings 3:5-14 NLT --

“That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, ‘What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!’ Solomon replied…’Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?’

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, ‘Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.’”

It doesn’t seem like Solomon asked for wisdom because he wanted to sound holy or was trying to impress God. He didn’t ask for wisdom when he secretly wanted to ask for that new Mercedes instead. Rather -- he had discovered that wisdom is foundational for being successful in all areas of life! If wisdom is knowing what to do and when to do it -- if it’s being able to discern truth and make correct decisions -- then wisdom truly has tremendous value!

He wanted to do a great job serving the people God had entrusted to him -- he wanted to be filled with wisdom from the Lord to be a great leader. God loved Solomon’s priorities and his heart in asking for this -- and then God went ahead and blessed him with everything else! Wow!

Let’s be people who seek after wisdom too -- we all need wisdom from the Lord to serve others and do the best we can at whatever we’re called to do! Here’s a great promise to stand on as we pray for wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” James 1:5 NIV. Let’s pray and ask the Lord today for more wisdom!

Say This: “Father, thank You that Your Word says I can ask for wisdom and You’ll generously supply it to me -- Lord, I ask for wisdom! Help me to serve and lead those in my life with Your wisdom, and fill me with wisdom to do the tasks You’ve called me to do with excellence, discernment and joy! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”