Day 44

Solomon



1 Kings 3:1-28, 1 Kings 8:54-66, 1 Kings 9:1-9, James 3:13-18

BY Lore Ferguson Wilbert

I have asked for many things in my life—a home, children, a spouse, a car that doesn’t break down, financial means to pay off my school loans, good friends, a few acres in the country. God has given me a few of these blessings, and some He still has not and might not ever. But it is rare for me to ask God for the intangible things. I like measurable. I like quantifiable. It’s difficult to measure wisdom or quantify humility or capture joy long enough to know it’s real. What’s more, the means to come by those qualities are often difficult and wrought with pain, and I don’t like pain.

God sometimes gives His people tangible gifts in an instant. It only took me three seconds to meet my husband. Two seconds to sign my name on a contract to buy our home. One second to click, “Pay in full,” on my student loans.

The gift of wisdom, though? Not so much. Wisdom takes a lifetime.

But not for Solomon. Solomon asked for wisdom, and Scripture says God gave it to him, right then and there. He told Solomon, “I will therefore do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you before and never will be again” (1 Kings 3:12). For most of us, those qualities take a lifetime to develop and hone, but because Solomon’s heart desired the right thing—to please and honor God by living with wisdom and understanding—God gave it to him.

There is a kind of wisdom that is not of God; James calls it “earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:15–16). I often find that my desire for what I think is a good, tangible blessing often brings disorder to my affections. It seems that as soon as I get “the thing,” I forget the Giver of every good thing. But there is another kind of wisdom, the kind Solomon sought:

“Wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant,
full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without pretense.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace” (vv.17–18).

Would things we long for change if we first asked for wisdom from above, trusting God to meet our truest needs with a gift that cannot be quantified? Solomon’s desire for riches or houses were rightly ordered under his desire for wisdom. God honored that desire and gave it to him, and I want to be like that too.

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24 thoughts on "Solomon"

  1. Monica Davis says:

    All wisdom all at once? Amazing thought…

  2. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I pray that I would ask God for the right things and that when I get those things, I wouldn’t turn my back on God the way Solomon did.

  3. Sara Moore says:

    This has always been one of my favorite Bible stories. I love that God have Solomon a way to discern the true mother. I also wonder what happened to the other mother after they left the palace. I can’t imagine the pain of losing her own child. And hurting people hurt people. I hope she was able to find some comfort.

  4. Churchmouse says:

    Holly, I appreciate your kind words. This forum is such a source of encouragement and an opportunity for spiritual growth. I learn so much from you all.

  5. Andrea Mendenhall says:

    Such a good reminder of how important it is to seek first the kingdom and trust God with the rest! My affections get out of order hourly, if not minute to minute, so I’m grateful to the Lord for his mercy!!

  6. Maura says:

    Good morning Ladies. I still remember my shock as a child when I heard this story of the two women and the baby. And still to this day it grieves me that the woman who was mourning her own child would be willing to have the other child killed and cause even worse grief for another woman. I loved that Solomon knew how to prove who was the child’s mother and save the child. And I always wondered what happened to the other selfish sinful woman. Did she turn to God with her pain and was she softened by the true mother who was willing to give up her precious baby to save it’s life? This wisdom God gave Solomon was exactly what he needed. It has taken years to pray this for my self, my children, and grands. That God would dissolve that which has been put between and reconcile relationships. I agree with Angie it would be lovely to sip tea with you ladies, pray together and sing praises to Our glorious God. May He give us His peace this day.

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