One of the smartest things a person can do is to seek wisdom. We don’t know it all. Surrounding ourselves with people who are smarter than us is a way to seek wisdom. A more important way that we can seek wisdom is to fill our hearts with God’s word. King Solomon tells us that asking for wisdom is one of the noblest pursuits.
Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places… At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”… Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
Request the Right Thing
When Solomon succeeded his father David on the throne, he also followed in his footsteps serving the Lord. God noticed this and appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked him what he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom. He could’ve asked for anything like riches, enemies conquered, or a peaceful reign, but he asked for wisdom. He requested the right thing. There is nothing more important a leader can ask for than wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge applied rightly. God gave Solomon supernatural wisdom, and because his choice was so pleasing to the Lord, He also gave him riches and honor.
Seek wisdom. We strive for a lot of things in this life but rarely do we strive for wisdom. The irony is that if we pursued wisdom, we would most likely receive all the other things we were pursuing. James tells us that if we ask for wisdom, God will give us a double portion. He still enjoys when people ask for that today! The great thing about wisdom is that you can start right now. Don’t wait. Ask the Lord for it and, in faith, receive it. Wisdom doesn’t just come from experience or knowledge; it is something that God can give us. Make this a daily prayer, seek it in important decisions, wait faithfully until God gives it to you. A life filled with wisdom will reduce the mistakes and increase the joy.