If you could have anything, regardless of the cost, what would you choose? As I read an article that asked that very question to a group of people, I came across answers such as “love”, “inner peace”, “free travel”, “happiness”, and a “better quality of life”. And the list went on and on. As believers, how should we answer such a question?
In 1 Kings 3, God asked Solomon such a question. Verse 5 says, “In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.” Solomon could ask for anything. He had a blank check given to him by God. Instead of asking for great wealth, or long life, or victory over his enemies, Solomon said, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge so great a people?” Solomon had just become the new king and he knew that the task ahead of him was daunting and difficult. Therefore, Solomon made the wisest choice he could. Solomon knew that above anything else, he needed wisdom imparted to him from God. And the Bible states that God was pleased with Solomon’s request. God answered Solomon, “Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not by any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.” Solomon’s great wisdom was shown in the rest of chapter 3 as he presided over and wisely judged a conflict that was between two women. Solomon chose the wisest pursuit- the pursuit of God’s wisdom.
Our God is a God of wisdom. So much so that in Ephesians 1:8, the Bible states that “…he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.” The context of this passage shows how the believer has been blessed by God “with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” God has given us a glimpse into His wise and eternal plans and purposes for the church and the universe. And all the ways God has blessed us and made us spiritually rich in Christ is a testament to the wisdom of God. The pursuit of God, the God of wisdom, is the path to true wisdom.
God is eager to give wisdom to those who ask in faith. Psalm 84:11b says, “…no good thing will he uphold from them that walk uprightly.” Wisdom is a good thing. And God is willing to give it those who walk uprightly and who ask for it. God may never give you wealth, or long life, or health, but God is willing to impart true wisdom to those who pursue it through Him.