1 Kings 4:29 “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”
In first Kings chapter 3, the Lord appeared to King Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5). King Solomon replies by asking for wisdom to govern God’s people and discern between right and wrong. God was pleased with his request and said, “I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings” ( 1 Kings 3:12-13). When I was a new Christian reading this, I was impressed by the fact that Solomon could have asked for anything, yet he asked for wisdom. And I liked how it pleased God. I began asking for God’s wisdom and studying His Word which is where the Bible tells us we find God’s wisdom. “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth (His Word) come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). It seemed like Solomon had given us a good model to follow, but I didn’t know what wisdom was yet. Notice God’s response in 1 Kings 3:12, “…I will give you a wise and discerning heart…” God said a wise heart, not a wise mind. As worldly humans, we connect wisdom with our minds, but God connects it with our hearts. Wisdom is different from knowledge and understanding. Knowledge is information gathered in your mind or memory through experience or learning. Understanding is the ability to perceive the meaning, importance or nature of something. But wisdom is knowing how to use the knowledge and understanding in a way that pleases God. It’s knowing how to apply it to life. This is the point at which God’s Word pierces our hearts because when we apply it to our lives, we are being obedient, and obedience is love for God. “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teachings…” (John 14:23). There is no point in gaining knowledge or understanding if we don’t have the wisdom to apply it in life. And there is no reason for any of us to be without wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). God does not say if we are perfect He will give us wisdom, but that He will overlook our faults and give generously if we ask. “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she (wisdom) is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her” (Proverbs 3:13-15). Will you look to God’s Word and desire the wealth of His wisdom?
What are you doing to acquire a wise heart?
By whose wisdom are you living?