LIVE YOUR DREAM LIFE COURSE WEEK 2 DAY 5
In our course today, I like us to learn about the wisdom of King Solomon; how wise he was; how he gained his wisdom and how we can emulate his example. The book of Kings says,
“Kings all over the world heard of his wisdom and sent people to listen to him” (1King 4: 34).
The world holds King Solomon in very high esteem. That is why we talk of being as wise as King Solomon. He was wiser than anyone before and after him.
Take a close look to see how he gained his wisdom. When he became King, God appeared to him in a dream and asked “What would you like me to give you?”(I king 3: 5).
He was free to ask for riches, earthly possessions and power to rule the world, especially to dominate and trample on every other person. Curiously, Solomon asked for wisdom:
“I am very young and don’t know how to rule. Here I am among the people you have chosen to be your own, a people who are so many that they cannot be counted. So give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?” (1King 3: 7–9)
It pleased God that he had asked for wisdom and nothing else; so God said to him:
“Because you have asked for wisdom to rule justly, instead of long life for yourself or riches or the death of your enemies, I will do what you have asked. I will give you more wisdom and understanding than anyone has ever had before; or will ever have again. I will also give you what you have not asked for: all your life you will have wealth and honor, more than that of any other king. And if you obey me and keep my laws and commands as your father David did, I will give you a long life” ’ (1King 3: 10- 14).
It is God who gives wisdom. Wisdom does not come from us. It comes from God; but like Solomon, we must ask Him for it. The Bible commands us to ask and it shall be given to us.
Why did King Solomon ask for wisdom?
In King Solomon’s place, many of us today would have asked for money, power and fame. In short, we would have asked for riches to get whatever we want or earthly power to do and undo, especially to dominate others. Solomon, being different, asked for wisdom and nothing more.
The reason is he valued wisdom and regarded it “more highly than any throne or crown” (Wis. 7:8). To him, wealth was nothing compared to wisdom. “Precious jewels could not equal her worth” (Wis. 7:8-9).
He was right. The bible tells us:
“And beside wisdom all the gold in the world was only a handful of sand and silver, (and) nothing more than clay” (Wis. 7: 9). “Wisdom is better than strength. It does more good than weapons.”
If you want the best for yourself in life, emulate the example of King Solomon. Value wisdom; have high regard for wisdom.
Ask God to give you wisdom to do the things that He wants you to do during your span of life on earth. He has a great plan for you; and wants you to carry it out perfectly. With your limited wisdom you cannot do it. Only by His Grace can you have the wisdom you need.
He is waiting for you to ask Him. If you ask, He will give you.
Reflect on what you have read. Write notes so that you may easily refer to them later.
Take resolution 2 following what you have learnt here. Write it after the first one you took. Remember the importance of a resolution lies in following or respecting it.
Here we end Week Two. Take the week end for revision, tidying or finishing unfinished work.
Step by step we are moving on. Little drops of water make a mighty ocean. On Monday we start week 3. Bravo! Your feedback shall be highly appreciated.