Pastor Dom Cardamone
Life is full of challenges. Solomon experienced challenges as a young, new king overwhelmed with the enormity of his responsibility in leading the nation of Israel (1 Kings 3:5-15). Have you ever been there? Do you find yourself feeling “in over your head” with what life throws at you in your relationships with family and friends, in your work environment, or perhaps even in your service to God? What do we do when the pressures of these challenges overwhelm us? We should do what Solomon did. He readily admitted he lacked the experience and knowledge needed to face the challenges before him (1 Kings 3:7) and he asked God for wisdom. In 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon requests of God, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
The Scriptures teach that God is the source and distributor of wisdom (Proverbs 2:6). He knows all things (1 John 3:20), and His understanding is infinite (Psalms 147:5). Thankfully, He doesn’t hoard His wisdom to Himself. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” In other words, God is able and willing to provide wisdom. The bank of His wisdom can never be overdrawn so there is no need for Him to be stingy with it. Rather, He is disposed to generously meet our needs. He will always be gentle toward and never rebuke the one who humbly approaches Him for wisdom. Sadly, many don’t bother to ask for it, and therefore many don’t receive it. In Proverbs 1:20-33, wisdom personified cries out in the streets and offers her treasures to all, yet the busy pedestrians walk by ignoring her kind offer being drowned out by the noises of self-reliance.
Do you ask for it? Do you pray for wisdom? Solomon did and God granted his request. Solomon became known as the wisest man that had ever lived. Solomon later wrote in Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” The word principal used here means the chief or choice part. Wisdom is supremely important and valuable, and it should be at the top of our “must-have” list. Is it at the top of yours? If we have any hopes of succeeding at life and wading through its complexities, we are going to need wisdom. How wonderful it is to be able to ask for the wisdom of God and find help in the God of wisdom.