Wisdom, Please!

Tim Savage

11God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— 12I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!” 2 Chronicles 1
I’m always inspired by Solomon’s choice to ask God for wisdom. He could have asked for anything and yet his wish was to lead God’s people well. Is that a little like asking the genie for 3 more wishes? God blessed this unselfish act, He promised Solomon wisdom and so much more. My prayer is that we would all have more wisdom – wisdom to discern right from wrong, moral from immoral, good from evil – and in today’s world where everything is up for grabs and standards are changing at breakneck speed, that’s not as easy as it used to be.  Christians feeling the tension of being in the world, but not of the world need wisdom. Lines are being drawn, sides are taken and friendships are tested, as we have to stand firm for God. We want to be able to speak to those who need it the most, but the world is pulling us further apart by making the extremes more acceptable. How can we still be a positive influence, if people don’t see us as relevant? 
We are to be a light in a dark place. We have to live uncompromising lives that will give people a touchstone. We must be able to show them the way home, back to the Father. And it will take wisdom in order to does that: wisdom that comes only from the Lord. My prayer isn’t that God will bless my family with material and temporal riches because I ask for wisdom, but rather that we can win others to Christ because of that wisdom.
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask for wisdom and discernment to lead Your people well. Please also grant me opportunities and favor in showing those of the world the way home to You.  In Jesus name, Amen 

Devotions for May 18

1 Kings 3
2 Chronicles 1
Psalms 78
2 Thessalonians 2

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