Wisdom, Heart, and Faith
I am currently reading through 1 and 2 Chronicles and I came across a wonderful verse. I think it is a commentary on what we should be seeking in life …
2 Chronicles 1:7-12 (NIV)
7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
Solomon was King over Israel and had a direct line to God. It was a gift from God and from his father David, and he could have used it to ask for ANYTHING … But he didn’t. He chose to ask God for what was in line with God’s plan. It was beautiful. Here’s what I’m reminded of …
- We should be seeking after WISDOM. Wisdom is an amazing topic in the scriptures. God says that it is more precious than gold. It is the one thing that the world thinks it has but does not. The Bible extols us to “lean NOT on our own understanding”. Solomon had a lot of understanding but knew that if he did not have God’s guidance, he could not govern properly. Likewise, we need wisdom to decide how we are to follow God day to day. Sometimes we look to the scriptures for directions, literally. We want to open the book and have God tell us what to do. Instead God says that His wisdom will guide us. If we ask for wisdom, God will guide our steps in all the difficult situations and decisions we face today.
- God knows our heart. Solomon really wanted to do the right thing. God knew it. God honored it. It is really quite simple. I see in this short scripture a beautiful picture of God pleased with His servant. Solomon’s desire was pure and right. He wanted to do what God had planned for him, and he wanted to do it well. When our prayers, thoughts and desires are pure, God honors them. It’s just that simple.
- God blesses the genuine heart. If you are really seeking after God’s will, He blesses beyond what you ask. This is what faith is all about. When we will focus on being, doing, saying and believing what God has said we should, then He takes over the management of our lives. He doesn’t make mistakes. We have more than we need, we are taken care of, we have enough to give away to glorify Him. This is how God works. Our job is to give everything to Him, including our desires, and He takes care of the rest. It’s beautiful and it works.
God made us. God saved us. Who better to manage and care for us. Think about what God thinks about. Desire what God desires. It will work out as well for you as it did for Solomon.
See you Sunday.