Scripture Reference: 1 Kings 3:1-15
The Dream: “At Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” —1 Kings 3:5, NIV
Solomon’s Request: “Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in…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 3:7 and 9
God’s Answer: “…behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.” —1 Kings 3:12 -13
The Condition: “So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days (1 Kings 3:14).
Because of Solomon’s humility and recognition of his human limitations, he was blessed with the wisdom that no other man or woman will ever receive on this earth. God also honored young King Solomon by giving him the wealth that no other king possessed during his reign.
Although we read this biblical story many of us do not understand that God is not a God of yesteryear. The same loving God who blessed King Solomon will also bless us with the wisdom of elevated knowledge and discernment.
Recently, Pastor Mark Finley of Hopelives365.com shared his experience as a teenager who struggled through school always making C’s and D’s in his classes. At the age of 17, he accepted Christ as his Savior and began studying the Bible. As time passed, he noticed a complete transformation of his mind and school grades. From studying the Bible and praying for wisdom, his grades changed to “A+,” and continued through his studies as a collegiate student.
Pray for Wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” —James 1:5-6
The Condition: We must be faithful and obedient to receive godly wisdom and knowledge.
In Proverbs chapter 8, Solomon says, “Wisdom is Excellence.” Can you imagine thinking and making decisions on a higher level that honors God and prevents all mistakes? Yes, we can have the same wisdom God gave to the faithful throughout biblical history.
“I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.” —Proverbs 8:17
Our steadfast commitment to God comes with spiritual benefits when we surrender, pray, and ask for wisdom and discernment. The dreams that we have of pursuing our degrees, starting a business, purchasing a house or vehicle, relocating, or starting a ministry will not fail when God is involved.
“Now, therefore, listen to me, O you children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and do not refuse it.” —Proverbs 8:32-33, MEV
Every believer should pray daily for the gifts of wisdom and discernment. As we seek God in prayer for His will and plans to be revealed for our lives, we will grow closer to Him. Praying invites the Holy Spirit to give us the perfect gift of wisdom that allows our minds to be transformed.
As we start to perceive things from a holy and righteous perspective, we become aligned with our Heavenly Father. With wisdom, we can avoid having regrets. We will no longer partake in the foolishness of this world or make decisions based solely on our emotions, which can lead to mistakes and devastating outcomes.
“For whoever finds me finds life, and will obtain favor of the Lord; but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.” —Proverbs 8:35-36, MEV
Prayer: God, we pray for wisdom, discernment, and Your guidance in every aspect of our lives. We desire to receive spiritual transformation of our minds and to live in complete alignment with Your will for us. Thank You for hearing and answering our prayers that we ask in the Holy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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