Today we see the famous request of king Solomon, asking God for wisdom when he could have asked for anything. There are a lot of definitions of wisdom. For instance, Wikipedia defines wisdom as:
“Wisdom or sapience is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.”
My own definition of wisdom has to do with matching our actions with how things really are in the world, and of course the way things really are in the world is how God says things really are, since He is the One who created it all. So, for instance, since there is a heaven and a hell, wisdom dictates that we cling to Christ for all we are worth, receiving His offer of salvation and eternal life.
Solomon realizes his need. He feels as though he is a little child thrown into a man’s world of leadership. Recognizing that we need wisdom is the first step in gaining it. And seeking our wisdom from God is, of course the crucial second step.
I love the two passages in the book of Proverbs that come at the end and the beginning of the book.
By wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.
(Proverbs 24:3-4 ESV)
Building a house and a life in this world is a tricky business and we need God’s wisdom to do it. And where does this wisdom come from?
For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
(Proverbs 2:6 ESV)
Look to the Lord for your wisdom and knowledge and understanding today. Don’t lean on your own understanding. God built this world to work in a certain way and when we follow it we will find all we need for life and godliness.