1 Kings 3:3-12 — New Revised Standard Version

Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.



I think that Solomon
had wisdom long
before he asked for it.
Think about it for a second.
The genie pops out of the box
and gives you one wish.
What’s it going to be?
I’ll bet that wisdom
is not even on your short list.
Money? Relationship?
New Car, Boat, House?
It’s a Catch-22.
Most of the things
we’d ask for
things we need wisdom
to steward.
But, what is wisdom,
For Solomon
it was an understanding mind
by which to govern.
Also to discern between good and evil.
When I think of wisdom,
I think of what evolves beyond
mere knowledge
and accumulated information.
For me wisdom is less about
knowing how to rule others
and more about knowing
my own heart,
my own self.

In the Kenny Rodgers song,
“The Gambler,”
you have to
…know when to hold ’em
know when to fold ’em
know when to walk away
and know when to run…

But there’s more —
you also have to know how to
be yourself,
offer love,
receive love,
and know the heart
of God
as your own.
holding the love of Jesus
in all its manifestations


2 thoughts on “WISDOM

  1. Love that you use that lyric to demonstrate a part of the nature of wisdom. You always keep it real, connected and spot on. Go Rev!

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