Wisdom is to be considered as a faculty of the mind, it is the faculty of discerning or judging what is most just, proper and useful, and if it is to be considered as an acquirement, it is the knowledge and use of what is best, most just, most proper, most conducive to prosperity or happiness (Webster’s Dictionary)
Wisdom is, in essence, making a judgment about what is most right to do in a particular situation.
As a child, I was fascinated by the story of Solomon and the two prostitutes who claimed the one child as their son (1 Kings 3 16-28). What captivated me was the method Solomon used to determine who the child actually belonged to. He offered to cut the baby in two and of course, the real mother would rather give up her son that have the child cut in two just to prove a point.
I was amazed at his ability to decide wisely and quickly
As I thought about this, I remembered, that earlier in the same story, after Solomon was chosen as King, the Lord had a conversation with him in a dream. Solomon didn’t consider himself wise when he took the throne, according to this dream. In fact, he said, “I’m only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties” (1 Kings 3:7).
Solomon desired wisdom to govern the people he was put in charge of and so he said to God, “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (vs 9)
Solomon was renown for his wisdom. The Bible says, “Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt”. ( 1 Kings 3:9)
People traveled from all over the world to hear his wisdom. It is assumed that Solomon was in his 20’s when he became king. He knew all the challenges that such a position would bring and so he asked for the one thing that would allow him to rule God’s people successfully. He didn’t ask for riches, he asked for wisdom. This please God greatly and he granted him riches along with wisdom.
If we desire to be wise the Bible tells us we should ask God for it. James 1:5 says, If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”.
The world often thinks it has the wisest answers but the Bible says, the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom. So we haven’t even begun to be wise if we don’t revere God. Our human wisdom is foolishness. The Bible says, because the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength (1 Cor. 1:25).
Wisdom is a characteristic that we should all desire. Thankfully God says if we desire it we can ask for it and he will give it to us.
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