‘Now, Lord God, please keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me wisdom and knowledge to rule them properly, for who is able to govern this great nation of yours?.’ Chronicles 1:9-10
We always like to ask questions like, ‘What would you do if you inherited a million dollars?’
Or, ‘If you could have three wishes what would they be?’
And you can’t say more wishes.
Of course we ask these questions in fun so we hardly ever answer them seriously.
But here Solomon got a serious invitation from God.
He had a chance to really get anything he wanted.
Solomon did not ask for money, long life, safety or anything that would really benefit him personally.
He asked for the tools he would need to be what God had called him to be, King of Israel.
‘Give me wisdom and knowledge to rule them properly.’
Solomon’s request was so unusual that God not only commended him and gave him what he asked for, but also gave him bonuses.
Solomon showed maturity in his request for wisdom and knowledge.
Knowledge is the accumulation of of information.
Wisdom is knowing how to apply and use that information to make good decisions and help others.
Solomon knew the task of leading a nation was more than he could handle on his own.
He knew he was inadequate for the task.
He asked for knowledge to understand the problems, and wisdom to know what to do about them.
Too many people are too smart for their own good.
They are too impressed by their own abilities to be aware of their deficiencies.
Solomon was wise enough already to know that he would need help and smart enough to know where to find it.
We all need to come to this realization.
To realize that in your own strength, you do not have what it takes to complete the calling God has on your life.
If you are smart you will understand your own limitations and know where your help will come from.
You catalog your deficiencies and turn to the Lord, the source of wisdom and knowledge.
There you will find in him the sources for the work you are called to do.
And you find that, ‘if you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do-ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.’ James 1:5
Smart people know how smart they aren’t.
Wise men know they fall short of true wisdom, and they are wise enough to go to the source and ask for more.
Dear God, give me you knowledge and then give me your wisdom to know how to use it.