Pastor Nikki Ragush
Our High School Youth (Focus) are currently going through the book of James together. In the 3rd chapter it begins to talk about wisdom, which I thought was fitting for this week’s reading. There are many gifts that we can pray that God blesses us with, and wisdom is one I’ve continued to seek for much of my life.
Solomon has the opportunity to ask God for anything in the world; initially people may imagine a trip, a new house, a nice car, all their debt to be paid off, a large family, and many other possibilities. Solomon knew immediately what he needed though to pursue the journey God was going to take Him on, he needed wisdom. It’s kind of funny to think that Solomon had enough wisdom already to ask for wisdom, but he knew that was only a small portion of what he’d need to continue to rule as king. God’s Word version of the Bible explains it that Solomon asked “Give me a heart that listens so that I can judge your people and tell the difference between good and evil. After all, who can judge this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:9) Wisdom isn’t as complicated as we sometimes can make it out to be, however Solomon knew the difference it makes in everyday life.
Right away God gives Solomon an opportunity to put these newly given wisdom to a test with two women fighting over who a baby belonged to (1 Kings 3:16-28). God didn’t given Solomon the wisdom to know immediately who was the mother to this child, but instead helped Solomon to figure out a test that would quickly reveal who was truly the mother of the child. Wisdom wasn’t something super glamorous or even obvious, but it was a constant help to Solomon.
I think of situations I run into daily in my life, sometimes I’d like God to give me the answer on what to do, but having wisdom is as if God has already equipped us with the ability to know what to do. If I was to characterize wisdom as a person they’d be the dependable friend who always stands beside you, maybe you don’t have some crazy fun story to tell every time you hang out but you know they’ll be there for you in a pinch. James says wisdom can be seen in this way “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10)