11 Aug The Skill of Wisdom
As a parent, a friend, and as a leader we are always looking for more time, money, and energy, but have we ever asked God for more wisdom? The strongest example of wisdom many of us know is King Solomon.
“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people,
that I may discern between good and evil,
for who is able to govern this your great people?”
—1 Kings 3:9 (ESV)
This cry for wisdom and understanding goes against all of our fleshly desires to have more material goods, but the plea for wisdom goes even deeper in my mind. We see from this passage that Solomon asked for wisdom. Wisdom is God given, but it is also a skill to continually work on and craft.
Just like you might develop communication skills, leadership skills, or other specific skills like writing or woodworking you must also develop your skills of wisdom. Understanding right from wrong, making sound decisions, and doing what is best in a situation is not something that will just happen overnight. You must fail, learn, grow, and continually work your wisdom muscles until it becomes second nature and a way of life.
It is so fitting that right after Solomon asks for wisdom he is immediately tested. The two women with the baby come to him seeking his decision on what to do. God will give us situations in which to grow in wisdom. He will bring difficult seasons and new situations to grow us in those areas. Hundreds of decisions are made on a daily basis, which means there are continuous opportunities to grow.
If wisdom is not something you have ever asked God for, let me challenge you to take that step now. With all the decisions you make and with all that God has blessed you, be a good steward. You may be seeking wisdom in how to parent in a way that honors God, or you may be in a position of authority where you manage the sacrificial gifts of major donors. Either way these things–and others like them–require great wisdom and care. Nothing we have is due to our own doing…all are gifts from God. As humbling as it is, God has placed you where you are for a purpose. He has put decisions before you, so seek His wisdom and continually serve God with all your heart.
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