Wisdom: A Good Thing to Ask For

If God came to you today and said, “Ask me anything you want and I will give it to you.” What would you ask for? What would be the one thing you wanted above all else? Would it be to be healed of a sickness? Would it be 20 million dollars in your bank account? Would you ask to be taller or shorter? Would you ask for world peace and the end of terrorism?

Interestingly, there is a man in the Bible who found himself in this situation. At the beginning of his reign as the king of Israel, God appeared to Solomon in a dream. God said to him, “Ask what you wish Me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5).  Amazingly, Solomon did not ask for fame, riches, and a long reign as king. Instead he asked for wisdom! He asked for good judgment in order that he would lead God’s people fairly and righteously (1 Kings 3:6-9).

What an interesting request for Solomon to make. And yet, God was very pleased with it. In fact, God was so impressed with it that He not only gave Solomon wisdom like no one before or after him, but also promised to give him riches, honor, and a long life to reign as king if he followed the Lord with all his heart (1 Kings 3:10-15).

How often do you find yourself asking God for wisdom? Throughout the Bible we learn that wisdom is valuable and God is pleased when His children ask for it.

  • “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
  • “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13)
  • “Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget her, and she will guard you; love her, and she will guard you.” (Proverbs 4:5-6)
  • “She (a reference to wisdom) is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.” (Proverbs 3:15)

Here is the challenge for the week: At least once a day spend some time talking with God about wisdom. Make at least one prayer each day asking God for wisdom and explain why you want it. Remember Solomon told God why he wanted wisdom (1 Kings 3:9). Don’t be afraid to tell God you want wisdom so you can be a better spouse, or parent, or student of the Bible, or worker on your job. Don’t shy away from asking for wisdom so you can be more conscious of the devil’s work and avoid the pitfalls he puts before you in life.

With all the things you will pray for this week, don’t forget about wisdom! God promises to give wisdom to you generously if you see the value of asking Him in prayer for it.

– Shawn Jeffries

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