Imagine you go to sleep one night and God speaks to you in a dream. He offers to give you anything you want. What would you ask for? Money? Long life? A happy marriage? A new job? A Texans’ Super Bowl?
This happened. The man’s name was Solomon, the newly minted king of Israel. You can read his story in the Bible. The Book of 1 Kings, chapter 3 says, “The Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.'” Solomon responded, “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” God answered his prayer and gave him unbridled wisdom. With that wisdom Solomon achieved incredible things.
But the story didn’t begin there. Solomon had offered God 1,000 burnt offerings. He was desperate for God. And therein lies the difference between Solomon and most of us. We want God’s favor more than we want God himself. We seek God’s blessings; Solomon sought God – with all that he had.
I don’t expect to ever have the wisdom of Solomon. But I can do something fairly close. I can read about him and the decisions he made. The Bible is an incredible source of knowledge – and wisdom. Samuel Chadwick said, “No man is uneducated who knows the Bible, and no one is wise who is ignorant of its teachings.”
I want wisdom. For that I turn to God. And for that I turn to his Word.