Wisdom is such a prize. It receives much praise throughout Scripture and especially, not surprisingly, in the literature of Solomon. Having wisdom increased his appreciation of it. He teaches us, throughout the Proverbs, where wisdom starts and how it functions. Today I was struck by the way Solomon asked for it.
“And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.” (3:7-8)
It started in humility. Solomon recognized he was chosen, selected, appointed. Not based on his age or birth order, but because of God’s loving choice. 2 Samuel 12:24-25 speaks of Solomon’s birth and how the love of God was set on Him from the beginning.
The second thing I noticed is how he views the people, Israel. He doesn’t ask for wisdom to best govern “his subjects”, but he desires wisdom to steward the people belonging to God.
I pray for wisdom as often as I remember James 1:5, but I don’t always remember how I need it for situations God has appointed me for. I think this makes a huge difference.
What places and positions has the LORD set you in? How do you steward those things? What do you need His wisdom for? How do you see the people entrusted to your care? How do you imagine you got where you are?
Talk to the LORD about these today and pray for His wisdom. Then look expecting fruit!