If you could ask the Father for anything what would it be?
God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” – 2 Chronicles 1:7
96 Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.
97 Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide.
99 Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws.
100 I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments.
King Solomon, when he began his reign, had a personal conversation with the Father, the living God. “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (2 Chronicles 1:7). It was almost as though he had found the mythical magic lamp and rubbed on it, and out popped the genie.
What would you ask for? Learn from Solomon.
2 Chronicles 1:7-10
7 God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”
When you have wisdom, many wonderful things follow and so it was Solomon.
2 Chronicles 1:11-12
11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people–
12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”
What is Wisdom? People recognize wisdom whenever they encounter it. Wisdom is a bit of an oddity. It is a gift. The Father has given the gift of wisdom to many over the millennia. Yet at the same time, it is a skill that can be acquired and developed.
The Hebrew word translated wisdom is chokma. Chokma is basically “skill for living.” Wisdom includes both knowledge and the ability to make use of knowledge to the maximum benefit.
At one level, wisdom is the ability to see and comprehend from the Father’s perspective. How does the Father think? He has an extraordinary ability and comprehension of all things.
Wisdom permeates hearts and minds, curiosity and comprehension, discernment and shrewdness, and moral and practical application.
Wisdom is the special capability to understand, discern, and make intuitively exceptional decisions. Wisdom often penetrates the inner being of people, providing insight and comprehension of their inner thoughts, feelings, and motivations (John 2:24-25).
The Father’s wisdom is hidden from all but His children. He delights in making it known to all who seek Him.
REFLECT & PRAY
Psalms 51:6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and want me to possess wisdom.
Father, oh how I desire to be wise. Encourage me to spend time in your Word and grow in wisdom and make ever better decisions as I go through life.
The best news is that even the naïve, slow, average, or ignorant can all become wise. He desires to make wise the simple (Psalms 19:7). Wisdom is available to all who seek it by exercising their mind and heart to learn, comprehend, and apply the Word of God. It begins with entering into a relationship with the living God.
King David was a perfect example of a person who acquired wisdom. I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. – Psalms 119:99
Where did David’s wisdom come from? Sheep do not make for great conversationalists and they have a very limited vocabulary. David spent hours upon hours alone with them. How did he use his time? He spent a great deal of time with the Father, reading and memorizing His words, meditating upon them. He cherished them and locked them in his heart forever.
Psalms 119:100 I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments.
Other people might have thought that David was pretty smart. Perhaps he did have a superior intellect. But that was not the basis of his extraordinary talents and decision-making ability. He became wiser than all of his elders and teachers by spending time in the Word. David demonstrated time and time again his ability to integrate faith, knowledge, and experience with his deep understanding of the Word of God. He had extraordinary tolerance for the ambiguities and uncertainties of life. He more than managed life’s ups and downs for decades, he vanquished them.
Each child of God has an unlimited resource of knowledge and wisdom.
It is up to us to determine how we spend our time and how wise we become.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand” (Albert Einstein).