We can all learn from Solomon, the son of David, throughout the pages of second Chronicles. In the first chapter, Solomon asks God for something that most people in today’s culture wouldn’t ask for. Solomon asks God for wisdom and knowledge; something we all should be asking for as God’s children.
Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
-2 Chronicles 1:10
Our culture has bombarded us with false messages about how life works. The message that the world sends out to people is: the more money you earn, the happier you will become. Unfortunately, this false idea of money is what damages relationships and lives. Instead of aiming towards more wealth and success, we as Christ-followers should be asking the Lord for wisdom and understanding–things which you cannot put a price tag on.
Wisdom and knowledge are granted unto thee, and I will give thee riches, and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
-2 Chronicles 1:12
Look at how God blesses those who ask not of the things of this world, but instead of the things that are eternal. Solomon could have insisted on asking for more power, prestige and wealth, but instead, he confessed that none of those things were satisfying.
And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made the king.
-2 Chronicles 1:11
When Solomon asked for wisdom, the Lord answered his prayer by making him wiser than any of the rules of his day. The same can happen to those of today’s generation who ask for wisdom. In James 1:5 it says, “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.” We must learn to be a people who depend on the Lord’s wisdom rather than our own opinion. Proverbs 3:7 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
I’ve learned over the past few years of being a Christian that God calls us to live responsibly and productively. His goal in this is not to make us miserable, but instead to enhance our life’s meaning and purpose. He calls us out of the darkness and brings us into His marvelous light. What a privilege it is to ask for wisdom, and in return gain His insight on how life works.
To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.