By Pastor Vern Kratz (Thoughts from I Kings 3)
If you were given the chance to have any wish granted to you what would you wish for? If you could have anything in the whole world what would you ask for?
That sounds like something right out of a fairy tale story, or maybe too much like a genie in a magic lamp.
But this actually did happen. Our reading for this week leads us through some of the life of King Solomon. And early in his reign as king of Israel, God met him in a dream and he told Solomon he could ask for anything and he would be given it.
Imagine, Solomon could have asked for all the wealth in the world. He could have asked for land, or a great palace, but he thought for a moment and then asked for a discerning heart so that he could lead his people justly.
Wow! And it is recorded that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. And it is interesting to note that because of his great wisdom in ruling and governing he also became wealthy and popular. People came from all over to ask his advice.
God was pleased with Solomon and his request for wisdom. He gave it liberally to him.
Wisdom is one thing that God promises to lavish on us liberally if we ask for it. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
When I was a child I used to think life will be so much easier when I become an adult. I would think, “Right now things are difficult because I do not understand everything as a kid, but adults they are so wise – life must be so easy for them.”
Little did I know that I was partially right, you do because wiser as you get older. You do understand life and the world around you more than when you were a child.
But what I didn’t know was that as you get older your need for wisdom becomes disproportionately greater. What I didn’t realize was that as you get older the weight of responsibility can become burdensome. What I didn’t understand as a child was that making decisions was not always a fun task. What I didn’t know was as one become busier their need for wisdom become even greater.
That is why I am so glad for verses like James 1:5 and for the example of King Solomon in 1 Kings 3. One of the best things we can ever ask God for is wisdom, and he is always ready to give us a generous portion of it.
So for whatever situation you are facing right now, for whatever life has thrown at you, for whatever decision you need to make God is waiting to grant you your wish for more wisdom – just ask him for it.