Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. ( Proverbs 4:7 ) (1)
What would you say if God, suddenly, in all his power and glory appeared to you and said—What do you want me to do for you? Let’s look at the following possible responses–
- For the single woman–a husband
- For those in financial lack–Money
- For the sick–Healing
- For the tormented–peace
None of the above is wrong in itself, but we are going to see Solomon’s response to God’s question ( 2 Chronicles 1: 9-11) …
And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
Now, O God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? (1)
Notice that the first thing that Solomon did was to remember God’s promise to David, his father and him. He put God first in the equation and asked for wisdom. His desire was to be a king that could be used by God. Solomon saw the big picture and the tremendous responsibility that was before him.
He saw that in his kingdom, there were many things that people needed help with. Fairness and justice was in his heart. Upon pondering on these things, he asked for wisdom. Oh, that God would give our leaders wisdom. That gift is needed in all aspects of life, especially in the political realm.
King David, Solomon’s father, had wisdom, too. Israel was a mighty nation under David. He knew the secret to what made his kingdom great. Did you know that in his kingdom, he had a praise and worship team praising God 24/7? ( I Chronicles 9:33) King Solomon saw this example in his father’s life.
Two key applications to gather in this teaching. First, to pray that God will give wisdom to our leaders and second as parents to give our children an example to follow. A parent’s example can be influential and impact generations to come. In our next study, we will see the benefits of wisdom. God bless.
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