Back in those glorious-how-did-I-survived-teenage years, I discovered a little nugget in a Bible story. One that still sticks with me today. One I pray for every single day, one I pray for my husband and for my son. Have you read the story of Solomon? It begins in the book of 2 Chronicles chapter 1. This dude, the son of King David. The son who inherited his dad's kingdom. And God was with him as He was with his father.
This dude had an opportunity I would like to have myself...God appeared to him one night and told him, "ask for whatever you want me to give you." I mean, really? Lord, you know where I live, if you want to show up tonight and ask me the same question, I'm game!
So Solomon did ask for one thing...Wisdom.
Yeap! That's it. Wisdom.
Wisdom is so underestimated.
Wisdom, that good sense of knowledge when making decisions, when speaking out. Most think that wisdom is acquired by experience, by the accumulation of knowledge or life experiences throughout many years but that's not always the case. I've met 40 year olds with the wisdom of a 20 year old and vice versa.
Here's the thing. Solomon recognized his shortcomings and knew that they would fail him time and time again. Solomon knew he was in desperate need of God to fill up His shortcomings with His wisdom and so...he asked for it!
Ask for wisdom everyday because each day comes with its own challenges and gut wrenching decision making situations and well, because each day you will have the option to use that wisdom or leave it by the side of the road. And do not only use that wisdom in life making decisions but make sure to apply it to your spiritual life. Learn from Solomon, don't make the same mistake.
"While Solomon applied His wisdom to political affairs he did not always applied it to his spiritual life. He knew the right way to live but he did not always have the will to do it. Solomon's many wives turned his heart away from God, which eventually let to his downfall. His wisdom failed at this point. Solomon did not turn away from God all at once or in a brief moment. His spiritual coldness started with a minor departure. Over the years, that little 'thing' grew until it resulted in Solomon's downfall." (from the One year Bible Companion)
I've come to realize how essential it is in my spiritual walk. Perhaps this is why it is mentioned throughout the Bible and that's why I can't ignore it. Perhaps that's why it tells us in James 1:5,
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
I've got a lot of shortcomings and I'm desperately asking God to fill them with His wisdom.
I'm sure He'll do the same for you. Just ask.