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The Secret To Solomon’s Wisdom

July 7, 2011

Most people know that Solomon was known for his wisdom but do many people know how he became wise?  Solomon was 18 years old when he became the successor to David’s throne, but was clearly very earnest.  He went to Mount Gibeon, where the tabernacle of Moses was, to offer a thousand burnt offerings to the Lord.  At the Mount the Lord asked Solomon, “Ask!  What shall I give you?”

How many of us would have asked for wisdom?  How many of us in that position would have asked for riches, wealth or honor in our life?  Solomon responded, “…give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”

In 1 Kings it states that the Lord was pleased with Solomon and because he did not ask for riches or wealth or honor that his request for wisdom would be granted to him.  In 1 Kings is says that Solomon asked the following, “therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil.  For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”  So when Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge, he was asking for an understanding heart.

I believe this same request still pleases the Lord today.  I believe that God is pleased when we ask Jesus for wisdom.  To ask Him for wisdom is to put ourselves in a posture of trusting and depending on His grace.  Only the humble can ask Jesus for wisdom and a hearing heart.

Here is where it gets really important and I believe this also is true today.  Although Solomon only asked for wisdom, the Lord added “riches and wealth and honor” to him.  Too many people chase riches and wealth not realizing that they come through the wisdom of Jesus.  Even if someone were to come into sudden wealth, without the wisdom of Jesus to manage it, the money would be squandered away.  But with the wisdom of Jesus, you won’t only be blessed, you will also be able to hold on to the blessings in your life.  Jesus makes you safe for good success that produces lasting and abiding fruit from generation to generation!

I believe we all have some sort of desires in our heart that are earthly and I also believe that God wants to grant that to us.  I do also believe that it will not be granted if the Lord knows we will squander it.  Why?  Because squandering wealth is not the wisdom of Jesus.  My point is, if you first seek Jesus wisdom (because it is the primary thing) then Jesus wisdom will make you safe for success no matter the circumstances.  I fully believe that if you seek wisdom first that you will be blessed with the desires of your heart but you will do so and be able to keep them.

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil.  For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”   —   1 Kings 3:9

With the wisdom of Jesus, you won’t only be blessed, but you will also be able to hold on to the blessings in your life.

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