Pastor Marc Likins
If 2020 has taught us anything, I believe we could agree on these two current lessons. First, we quickly learned how little in control we are actually in, and second, we really don’t have life figured out like we thought we did.
We’ve quickly adjusted to the uncertainties of jobs, culture, travel, groceries, and even toilet paper. I think it’s safe to say the future is in a major transition, and we need wisdom to navigate the unknown.
Solomon was in a similar position. When he became king—his unknown future seemed overwhelming to say the least. You may already know the story, but his initial response was not to post his opinions on how the kingdom could have been doing better. He didn’t use his political platform to push a personal agenda.
Instead, he approached the throne of God in humility.
Imagine that! The new and upcoming leader of a great nation—before publicly taking his stance on current events—went to his prayer closet and set the record straight. Here’s what he said:
1 Kings 3:7-10
7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9 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?
10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
These words speak for themselves, and in this prayer, we too could learn from Solomon’s humility in not only needing but asking for wisdom. Socrates put it this way, “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
Solomon knew what the Psalmist penned that only “The Lord giveth wisdom….” (Proverbs 2:6)
With all the question marks in our world today, would you with me take a moment to enter the throne room (your prayer closet), bow down, and pour your heart out to your Creator. We really don’t know how to navigate the season we are finding ourselves in. But, we know Who does, and we need and ask for His wisdom today.