Solomon ASKS for Wisdom
Read: 1 Kings 3 & James 1:5
Reflect: Would you friends describe you as “wise”? I’m not talk about being “smart” – By “wise,” I mean: Do you tend to make the right choices? When your life is in a pickle, are you good at figuring out how to solve your problem the best possible way?
I think we all wish we were wiser than we are. So how do you become wiser? We probably can learn a lot from the wisest guy who ever lived (outside of Jesus). His name was King Solomon.
In 1 Kings 3, Solomon had just begun his job as king after his father David died. He had huge shoes to fill because David was an awesome king. I’d be a little nervous if I inherited a whole country to lead. And I think that’s exactly how Solomon felt. So what did Solomon do?
Solomon asked for wisdom.
Did you know that the quickest way to become wiser is to ASK? Here’s why. God promises wisdom when we ask. Period.
James 1:5 says: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
God gave wisdom because Solomon ASKed.
Here’s 3 steps to ask for wisdom today (they spell “ASK”)
Admit you can’t do it.
That’s what Solomon did. In verses 7 & 8 he said to God, “I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!” Instead of being delusional about his ability, Solomon was honest. In the same way, we can’t do life on our own either. We need help. Admit it!
Seek God’s way.
When you consider yourself “king” (whether of a country or of your own life), it’s easy to want your own way. Solomon decided instead to seek God’s way. He trusted that God knew the best way and cried out for it. Are you going God’s way spelled out in the Bible? Or are you going your own way?
Know the warning signs.
If you’re asking yourself “Is what I’m doing really wrong?” that may be a warning sign. It can reveal that you’re comfortable living dangerously close to sin. Instead, start asking “What is the wise thing to do?” This will helps us face up to what we know in our hearts to be true. Solomon caught on to this because he wanted to “gain an understanding heart.” You can have that, too!
If you need wisdom, all you gotta do is ASK.