In this world, there is a lack of wisdom. There are people who are smart, but a very few amount of people are wise. Wisdom, as the dictionary defines it, is: knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. So wisdom is having discernment due to righteousness, truth, and justice. It seems like we fall short, I know for a fact that I do.
I’m sure you all know who King Solomon was, the wisest man in the world, but let’s get some back story anyways! (context is key).
In 1 Kings 3:3-15 says:
Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 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. I give you also what you have not asked,both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.
Solomon had a chance that most have dreamed of, for God to give him anything he would ask of Him. What do you think you would’ve asked for? (Probably not wisdom)
This chapter both discourages and encourages me. On one hand, Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived and ever will live! If you look at the rest of Solomon's life, you see that he decided not to use that wisdom during most of his reign as king, and he ends up really regretting a lot of it, (read Ecclesiastes). That means the wisest man in the world, still failed to practice it in all aspects of his life.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this devo, this world needs wisdom, but how can we obtain it? and how can we be encouraged?
Solomon was the wisest man, BUT God is the one who gave him that wisdom :) God will give you wisdom, your job is to practice it, grow in it, and get to know God better through it.
I gave you the definition of wisdom according to the dictionary, but here is God’s definition: Proverbs 1:2-7
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying the words of the wise and their riddles.The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
So be encouraged :) Grow with the Lord, gain wisdom, and USE IT. It is truly a gift to practice wisdom, and to show others how to achieve it.
Love you all! - Lexie