Wisdom can be hard to come by these days. There is so much opinion available that it can be hard to hear what God is really trying to tell us. Yoda, Mr. Rodgers and King Solomon come to mind when I think of wise people.
In the Old Testament in the book of 1 Kings we find King David on his deathbed. He is giving his last words to his successor, his son Solomon, “Honor the laws of the Eternal your God, and live by His truth.” 1 Kings 2:3 Moments later David passes away with Solomon holding tight to his Father’s words.
Some time goes by and one night God revealed himself to King Solomon as he slept. God asked if Solomon had any requests from Him. What an ask, to have the God of the universe ask you what your request is! To many, the options could be limitless. However Solomon doesn’t ask for more wealth or power. He understood what his Father said and knew to seek God’s truth.
“I am still young and inexperienced. I don’t know much about anything, yet I am supposed to lead Your chosen people who are innumerable and even uncountable. Please give Your servant a listening heart for judging Your people and for knowing the difference between what is good and what is evil.” 1 Kings 3:7-9
And with that request, God was delighted in him and planted the deepest human wisdom within Solomon.
I am sure you can think of a couple unwise moments from your past when you wish you had a little more wisdom planted in you. I have done a lot of unwise things in my life. Like last summer, we needed to refinish our deck. I had to use a chemical to spray on the existing deck to take off the top layer. Without any thought I started the project in shorts. Soon after, I got little drops of chemical hitting my bare legs. Instead of just changing quickly, I just would wipe the spot and kept going. Horrible choice. For two weeks, I had little chemical burn scabs to show for it.
Our unwise choices are like the chemicals that leave little scabs on our soul. Thankfully, God allows us to grow and listen to His guidance. These days I try my best to listen to God first and then make the wisest choice drawing me closer to His will and His heart.
God, help me to make wise decisions. Let me realize where I have not listened to you in my life. Thank you that always create a clean slate for me. Help me to be drawn to your wisdom, allow me to have a listening heart, act and react wisely and grow from the past scars on my soul. Amen.