In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.” Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. 1 Kings 3:5-10
Solomon was beginning is reign as king when he asks God for wisdom. The commentary in the Life of the Spirit Bible says, “Solomon began his reign with a devout faith and love for God.” Verse 11 tells us that God was pleased with his request because Solomon had not asked for a long life for himself or riches but instead had asked for understanding to discern judgement.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 1:7 that, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. When the Bible refers to the “fear of the Lord,” it means having a deep respect, reverence and awe for God’s power and authority. Rather than causing someone to be afraid of God, a proper “fear of the Lord” leads one to love Him. Solomon knew that within himself he would unable to rule without God’s help. There are many comments and arguments about the 2020 pandemic but one thing I know for sure, we can’t live, work, raise our families or maintain relationships without God’s wisdom whether we are in the middle of a pandemic or not.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
The Wisdom that God will generously give will help us cope with our trials. It will help us see life from a spiritual capacity, from God’s point of view. Wisdom will aid in making right choices not only in doing the right thing but knowing God’s Will for our life. Draw near to God. Fear the Lord (reverence and awe for His authority). Ask for it in faith.
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Proverbs 4:5