Choose Wisdom First
“On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’ ” 2 Chronicles 1:7
The Lord asked Solomon the big question, “What do you want out of life?” Since God knows our hearts before we do, it is probable that He asked the question so that Solomon could make this important decision as the foundation of his life. He had to examine himself and ask, ‘What do I want? Do I choose wealth, power, popularity, or wisdom?”
Solomon was ready with his answer, and it was the right one: “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”
Men’s character is revealed by their desires, and Solomon was no exception. God answered: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.” So pleased was the Lord with Solomon’s choice, that He made him the wisest and wealthiest man ever to live.
Wisdom is a gift God loves to give to those who want it. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally . . . and it will be given to him.” Is it that simple? Yes, it is. No strings attached.
If God asked you tomorrow, “What is it you want from Me?” What would you answer? In fact, He does ask it, and often. Psalm 37:4 tells us, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Find out what delights you, and you will know what you would ask for.
We know that Solomon got his answer, for he concludes his last “wisdom writing” with these words: “Let us hear the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
Lord, help me to make choices and decisions for a lifetime and not just a day. I ask You for wisdom that I might be a godly leader for Your glory.