January 18, 2019
I Kings 3:5-14
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
It seems like wisdom is not something we see much from our leaders anymore. Entertainers, athletes, community leaders, and certainly politicians seem to be lacking in the gift of wisdom. But I suspect we may all struggle with a lack of wisdom in our contemporary culture. Things like social media and our desire for instant gratification and self-pleasure don’t help us develop wisdom.
We often have this idea that wisdom equals knowledge. Other times we believe age brings knowledge. But I have known some really smart elderly people who lacked wisdom. “Wisdom from above,” says the book of James, “is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”
Wisdom is a gift of God, but a gift we can ask for and work toward. This Sunday at First Church OKC we will be continuing our sermon series One.Life by examining Wisdom.Life. We will take a closer look at our need for wisdom, what wisdom really is, and some steps we can take to begin living a Wisdom.Life. I hope to see you this Sunday morning at 10:45 am at First Church OKC!