What do think of when you hear the word wisdom? I think of someone who is very smart. But wait, that would be knowledge.
Wisdom is knowing the proper thing to do with the knowledge you have.
You are invited to read the following Scripture passage.
5 At Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.
8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.
9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.
11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,
12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for — both riches and honor — so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.
14 And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
Wow, what would you ask for if the sky was the limit? I am not sure I would choose wisdom. But the Lord God was so pleased with Solomon for asking for wisdom, that he gave him all the things he didn’t ask for.
This reminds me of another verse.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
In this part of Solomon’s life, he gives us an honorable way to live for the Lord.
May we all seek first, the wisdom of the Lord God.