(7) That night God appeared to Solomon and
said to him: “Ask. What should I give you?”
(10) Now grant me wisdom and knowledge
so that I may lead these people, for who can
judge this great people of Yours?”
2 Chronicles 1:7, 10 HCSB
Over the decades movies have been produced on the premise of granting wishes, requests and desires. Make a “deal with the devil” movies have enriched the bank accounts of many Hollywood producers, directors and actors. As viewers, we enjoy sitting on the edge of our seat as we watch the twists and turns in the life of the man or woman who dares to think he/she might come out on top when bargaining with the master deceiver.
But when God gave Solomon the opportunity to ask for anything, in wisdom he ask for wisdom and knowledge—not for himself but in order to lead his people. That request revealed the deepest desires of Solomon’s heart. Solomon’s request for wisdom and knowledge pleased God and He not only granted Solomon’s request but gave additional blessings of wealth, riches and honor.
These verses cause me to think about how I might better affect my world if I pursue Godly wisdom and knowledge. How would that change my teaching and my relationship with others? What would happen if every pastor across our world sincerely prayed that request? What would happen in our communities if every Sunday School teacher, deacon or church leader prayed that prayer? What would happen if Christian parents prayed that prayer? The list could go on and on.
In Proverbs 3:15, Solomon wrote: “Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare to her.” In James 1:5 we are told, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (NIV)
Do you need wisdom and knowledge? Do not be afraid to pray and ask God. After all, what could happen?