Prayer: Gracious and Wonderful God, thank you for your mercy and your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Growing in wisdom
9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind….able to discern between good and evil…
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God was pleased that Solomon asked for wisdom rather than long life and great wealth. In today’s world we need more understanding and discernment. Just look at all the false news and false information we get in today’s internet and Instagram. It is hard to know who, or what to believe.
Our devotion writer explains; “In order to grow in wisdom, spending time in God’s presence is essential…Learning to listen to God takes time in the Word as well as prayers for understanding. To pray with the psalmist, see Psalm 119. Regular reading of the Bible and time spent in meditation and prayer is bound to give us wisdom and insights to many things.
Wisdom is also a gift. God gave Solomon an extra amount of wisdom and for many years he ruled Israel and was known for his wisdom.
Prayer: “Lord God, grant me wisdom to guide my thoughts, words, and actions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
1 Kings 3:5-12
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 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, 12 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.