The 28th day – Give me wisdom and knowledge
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that i may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours? — 2 Chronicles 1:10 (NIV)
If you can have anything in the whole world, What would you ask for?
King Solomon asked for WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE to lead God’s people. What a great request! Please see for yourself here:
7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
God’s offer to Solomon stretches the imagination: ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you’. But Solomon put the needs of his people first and asked for wisdom rather than wealth or long life. He realised that wisdom would be the most valuable asset he could have as a king. Later he wrote, wisdom “is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her” (Proverbs 3:15)
The same wisdom that was given to Solomon is available to us today, God offers it to us all. But how can we receive it? Here are a few suggestions:
1) We must ask God, who ‘gives generously to all without finding fault’
5 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. — James 1:5
2) When we ask for wisdom, we must not doubt:
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
3) We must devote ourselves wholeheartedly to studying and applying God’s Word, the source of divine wisdom.
I encourage you all to read more of the Word of God everyday, Because the Bible is the breath of God, and it is full of wisdom, as precious as Gold. I have started memorising one verse a day from the bible a few months ago and it has been extremely helpful. The Word of God has power as well as comfort, wisdom and encouragement. It empowers me to conquer difficult situations and receives peace of mind.