Wisdom of Solomon

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"The Lord appeared to Solomon at Gibeon in a dream at night. God said, 'Ask whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you.' Solomon responded, 'You showed so much kindness to your servant my father David when he walked before you in truth, righteousness, and with a heart true to you. You’ve kept this great loyalty and kindness for him and have now given him a son to sit on his throne. And now, Lord my God, you have made me, your servant, king in my father David’s place. But I’m young and inexperienced. I know next to nothing. But I’m here, your servant, in the middle of the people you have chosen, a large population that can’t be numbered or counted due to its vast size. Please give your servant a discerning mind in order to govern your people and to distinguish good from evil, because no one is able to govern this important people of yours without your help.'” - 1 Kings 3:5-9

Spirit of the Living God, come and be with me. Awaken me to your presence. Spirit of the Living God, come and sit with me. Guide me in your wisdom and truth.

I have asked God for patience and a heart of forgiveness, but I can't remember the last time I've prayed for wisdom. Do you? Of all the ways one can mature as an individual, do you desire to be wise? It's a tall order, and quite frankly, rarely on the top of our wish lists. Success and acceptance are more popular than wisdom. Health and happiness outrank prayers for wisdom. When it comes to a wish-list from God, something tells me wisdom doesn't make the cut.

Solomon's prayer directs us towards a different focus. He is less interested in self-gain and more concerned with the welfare of the people under his care. His heart and mind need to work together so that God is the one adored by all. His desire for wisdom is an extension of love for his neighbors and for God. Perhaps it's time to start praying like Solomon, to ask for wisdom so that we can be fully used for God's kingdom here on earth.

Maybe it's time to pray for a discerning mind like Solomon did. We tend to use phrases such as “choose wisely” or “go with your gut” to convey the value of discernment, of distinguishing the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. The practice of discernment is the nurturing of wisdom, and wisdom a sign of maturity in faith. Join me in praying for wisdom like Solomon once did, for the God who was loyal to Solomon is loyal to us, too.

May the God of Love bless me and keep me. May Jesus the Christ smile upon me and be gracious to me. May the Spirit of Truth lead me in the path of wisdom and peace. God of infinite wisdom, focus my attention on what you value rather than what I want for myself only. Bless me with your wisdom and a discerning mind, so that I may be faithful in all I say and do. Amen.
Aug 19 2018