I want to paraphrase a story that illustrates how important it is for us to seek wisdom for our lives. The story is of King Solomon who was the third king to rule in Israel. He was crowned at a young age by his father, King David. One night shortly after being crowned king, God came to him in a dream and the two of them had a conversation that went like this:
God: “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (2 Chronicles 1:7)
Solomon: “You have made me king in place of my father, but I’m young and inexperienced and don’t know what to do. Give me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people.” (1 Kings 3:7)(2 Chronicles 1:10)
G0d: “ You didn’t ask for riches, fortunes, honor, or the death of those who hate you. You didn’t even ask for a long life. Instead, you’ve asked for wisdom and knowledge to judge my people, over whom I made you king. I 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 1:11-12)
Solomon could have asked for anything his heart desired, but he asked for wisdom and God greatly blessed him. This story shows us what a precious commodity wisdom is. We should be constantly seeking after it and learning life lessons. We are never too old or too wise to seek instruction or gain understanding.
“Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.” (Ecclesiastes 10:10)
The recipe for success includes many ingredients, but wisdom gets us going in the right direction. It’s the component that maximizes our potential and help us to work smarter, instead of just harder. King Solomon received direct wisdom from God, but lucky for us he wrote this practical wisdom down so that we can have a pathway to success. It can be found in the book of Proverbs, and it’s written in 31 chapters so that there is one for every day of the month….very convenient. Personally, I have been trying to read a chapter a day and I am finding that is is full of life applicable lessons. Take a few minutes to check it out….we can all use a little sharping of the ax every once in a while.