Today’s Tasting: 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 72: Second Chronicles 1:7–10 (NLT) says King Solomon and those with whom he had called a meeting worshiped and spent the night on the mountain. “In the night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask what I shall give you.’” And Solomon replied, “Give me wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people.”
When Solomon realized his dream, he returned to Jerusalem and worshiped God with others in a great celebration.
Psalm 72 is a prayer of King Solomon asking for justice and righteousness.
Today’s Nourishment: Wow! We may gain wisdom, just by asking.
When our youngest daughter, Brooke, considered changing jobs a few years ago, we prayed together, “Lord, would You speak clearly to Brooke concerning whether or not she should accept a new job with this company.” At the time I had no idea the name of the company was Clearly Speaking. Besides the peace she felt about accepting the job, we sensed our prayer that day was part of the process of coming to know that the job was right for her. We needed wisdom and asked of God. He revealed to us wisdom and knowledge. He didn’t resent us for asking. Oh, are we glad we asked!
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” (James 1:5 NLT).
Vines Expository Dictionary defines wisdom as “khohmah, understanding, a right use of the mind; the ability to discern modes of action with a view to their results, insight, and judgment.”
Knowledge is “madda, an awareness, sum of what is known (Hebrew Greek Study Bible, Zodhiates, AMG Publishers).
Solomon’s greatest desire was to help the people in his kingdom, not to gain wealth or honor, and not to bring destruction to his enemies, or even to live a long life. The Lord granted Solomon’s request, along with riches, wealth, and honor compared to no other person in history.
“The fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! (Psalm 111:10 ESV).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10 ESV).
Job, a man believed to be in existence long before Solomon, wrote,
“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28 ESV).
Fear in this context means to worship God and honor Him as Solomon did.
Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Romans 11:33 ESV).
Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:2-3 NAS).
Wisdom excels. Worship and honor God. If you desire wisdom, just ask for it. Wisdom is the person of Christ living in you. After all, in Him, we find the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Ask for wisdom as you worship God; He provides it freely.
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Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC
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