Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Wisdom of Solomon

Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

After reading this, I asked my kids, "If you could have anything you ever wanted what would it be?" My oldest son said he'd like a thousand video games, My oldest daughter said, "a barn with chickens, ponies and horses", and My youngest daughter responded by saying she wanted 1000 flemish giant bunny rabbits.
I asked, "Those things would be nice... but, did you know that having wisdom is soooo much more important in our lives, ...more important than anything we could ever want?"

I was reminded of the man that once had the opportunity to have anything he could ever want, in fact God himself asked this man what he wanted, anything and he would give it to him. So we went to the account in 1 Kings 3:5-15:
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 
 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
1 Kings 3:5-15

The thing that stood out to me most in this story is Solomon's humility. When he says 'I am but a little child' he was under qualified and he knew it. As I feel most days with this responsibility of being this mom committed to raising these kids and teaching them. 

Even though he may have been lacking wisdom, he was very wise in acknowledge his inability before the Lord. In fact, it was the most wise thing he could have done.
So out of all the possible things he could have asked, He asked for an understanding heart. Israel would have a whole different history had Solomon asked for power, riches, etc. etc.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16time
of need.
 And is it any different with God today? When we just get real and acknowledge our need before him, will he not give us exactly what we need. Whether it be needing help to understand your math lesson a little better,... or you don't understand why your parents make the decisions they do, ...if you need wisdom for raising 4 completely different people,.... anything. The Lord Jesus is faithful to do abundantly above what we could ever ask or think. 
The blessing from God that followed Solomon's request is wonderful but what hit me most in reading this passage to the kids was, where he was before receiving this blessing, a place of humility with a need.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask from God,
who gives to all freely and with no reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

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