David had passed away and Solomon had been established as king of Israel. And in a dream, God asked Solomon what should He give him.
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. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
1 Kings 3:7-12 ESV
As I reflect on this passage, I realize to always ask for wisdom in my prayers as it pleases God. Not the kind of wisdom that ensures that the outcome of my decisions will lead to my favor or advantage but the kind of wisdom which accomplishes God’s will and glorifies Him in the process. The former serves selfishness while the later springs from surrender – godly wisdom.
I’m not a king like Solomon but God entrusted me stewardship of His resources. I need to be discerning in dealing with my finances, usage of my possessions and the people He places in my life. There are many times that I regret my decisions because I fail to ask for godly wisdom. I fail to ask because I feel that my own wisdom is sufficient and I do not have enough time to wait on God. However, as Solomon also demonstrated, I need to humble myself that I cannot on my own will be able manage what God has entrusted me without His very help.
Aside from what I mentioned above, God had given me a new life thru and in Jesus Christ. Jesus already worked on my salvation and justification, now that He is leading me in the process of sanctification, my responsibility is to guard my heart from sinning. To do this, I need godly wisdom so I can discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit on every temptation. God is right that wisdom is more important than long life and riches because these two cannot add value to the health of my soul. Godly wisdom is a cure to a deceitful heart.
Soli Deo Gloria!