2 Chronicles 1:7-12 – That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king,12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
How many times have we asked for shallow things in our lives that cannot be taken with us into eternity? If we are TRULy honest, this is how our prayers really go: “God, my desire is to be wealthy! I promise I will use it to bless others, but please first bless me! God, please give me success in all my ways, even if it means that I step on others to climb the ladder! God, I ask that you give me a nice house, even though I don’t feel like I need to be the one to keep it up and running smoothly. God, please give me a long life because in all honesty, I am actually afraid of death. God, PLEASE SAY YES to all my wants, but not necessarily my needs!!”
I hope that slapped a few of you in the face as it did me. Why did Solomon ask for wisdom and not material possessions? I’ll tell you! It’s because he was trained up in the way he should go and he did not depart from it! How could someone ask for something so wise, if he had in fact not yet received it? Hmmmmm…. David taught his son what the important things in life really are because of the learned lessons and mistakes he had made along the way. What are we teaching the generations to follow us? I know I’ve asked this question of you all more than once. We have a responsibility to do what is right in the eyes of the future ones who will hold nations and kingdoms in the palm of THEIR hands! God’s Wisdom today is found at the foot of the Cross! Let’s ask for the things of God, and not for the things of self in our daily prayers. The best part about this scripture is the AND… “And I will also give you…” What blessings are we robbing ourselves of by not seeking the Lord with a humble heart? I don’t know about you, but I want to drink from the saucer because by cup overfloweth!!!
You can read 2 Chronicles 1-4 about the establishment of Solomon’s kingdom and the building of the Temple at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #2Chronicles
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Proverbs 4:
Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
David was very much involved in the upbringing of his heir to the throne and taught him the ways of the Lord. Without the Bible and the study of the Word of God, we cannot expect to understand what “widsom” really is and how to attain it. We should always remain attentive to what God is saying to us, not looking right or left at the bright, shiny objects of temptation, but always keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus!