Solomon, the wisest king to ever live (yet far from perfect), was considered wise because of his selfless request for wisdom. Within a dream, the Lord allowed him to ask for anything.
God, being the source of life (John 1:1-5), had it within his power and authority to actually grant Solomon anything he desired.
“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.'" – 1 Kings 3:5
What would you ask for if God were to grant you this opportunity? Take time to think about it.
Some may ask for a stream of income beyond their dreams, a jet, a spouse, security in life, etc. Solomon on the other hand asked for wisdom! Out of all things. But why? He knew he could have all his heart desired – but would lack the capacity to steward the lives and responsibilities entrusted to him as a king.
"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?" – 1 Kings 3:9
This selfless request from Solomon pleased and honored God. In his later life, he reveals the value he placed in God's wisdom throughout Proverbs.
"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold." – Proverbs 3:13
Our culture places a high value on material things. But all things fade away and decay over time.
Wisdom from the Lord is a treasure far more valuable than anything this world has to offer. It endures, lasts forever and has a return on investment when applied. It blesses me and my loved ones. Wisdom leads to true peace and prosperity. It's the true treasure worth asking for.
The following are three practical ways you can search and receive wisdom from the Lord.
1. Enter the Word of God with reverence and seek the wisdom of his Word.
2. Pray for wisdom daily to steward the relationships and responsibilities in your life.
3. Seek other God-revering men and women who will give you wise counsel according to God’s Word often.
Written by Kevin Pineda, HOPES bilingual parent educator for Buckner Children and Family Services in Longview, Texas.