“That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ Solomon answered God, ‘You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 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. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?’ ” ~2 Chronicles 1:7-10
Oh how I need this today. This reminder to ask God for wisdom! How glorious is it that He promises to give us wisdom if we ask?
” 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.
Then in Proverbs 2: 3-6 “Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
I’m so excited to be reminded of Solomon’s story in this chapter today because I purposed earlier this year to obey Proverbs chapter 2 and make a habit of literally calling out for insight and crying aloud for understanding because I truly want to understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God, but I had forgotten lately. I needed this reminder and it encourages me so much to keep seeking and that I will find what I seek and more.
Solomon asked for wisdom specifically for the charge he had been given; for leading the people of Israel. I’m encouraged tonight to continue asking for wisdom in a general sense but to also pray for wisdom in the specific areas that He has charged me with: my family and home, other relationships both with believers and non-believers, my business, and prayer primarily.
Thank you, Lord, for this reminder and encouragement to cry out to you for wisdom. Help me not to forget and to pray specifically for it in every area of my life, especially in the work that you have given me to do.
From the archives. Originally published December 2, 2013.