DAY 2: Solomon Asks for Wisdom
It’s a question often asked of children: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? (Of course, you’re weren’t permitted to ask for more wishes. That wouldn’t be fair.)
The answers children (and many adults) give for this question often have to do with money or fame. We wish for money so we wouldn’t have to work, or we wish to be extremely talented in a sport, music, or other art.
As king, Solomon likely wasn’t expecting to be asked, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you.” But that’s exactly what happened. In ways we may not fully understand, God appeared to Solomon in a dream, and essentially gave him a free wish. He could ask for anything, anything at all. But his response to this question changed the trajectory for his life and for the entire nation of Israel.
Solomon answered, “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong.” Solomon asked for wisdom. And God would provide it.
As you read today, consider this: How regularly do you pray for wisdom?
READING & JOURNALING:
How regularly do you pray for wisdom?
Be honest: When you do pray for wisdom, are you truly praying for wisdom, or are you praying for God to give you something else you want?
Would you agree that God has granted you wisdom in a situation when you recognize that the right thing to do is harder than you hoped it would be. Explain your answer.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 29:1-30:24
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, I have occasionally learned that sometimes the wise thing to do is often more difficult than I want it to be. This shows that while living in wisdom may not always be easy, it is still good. I pray today that You would give me the wisdom to know what’s right, and the courage to do what’s right, even when it’s hard. In Jesus’ name. Amen.