Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 14, 2015

But, it is better to have the wisdom of God to take care of others.

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings Chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Then Solomon formed a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her to the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem.  2 The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days.

3 Now Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. 4 The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place;  Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.”

6 Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  7 Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  8 Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted.  9 So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil.  For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

10 It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.  11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words.  Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.  13 I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.  14 If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.”

28 When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.”  1 Kings Chapter 3:  Verses 1-14 and 28.

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There is a earthly wisdom.  “This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.”  James 3:15-16.

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”  James 3:17.

We can gain wisdom to help us take care of our own finances, our own health, and our own protection.  There are plenty of magazines and other media to help us do that.

But, it is better to have the wisdom of God to help us take care of others.  Solomon specifically asked for the wisdom of God to administer justice for others.

We may not be a judge or governor or other government leader who needs the wisdom of God to administer justice for others.

But, we need the wisdom of God to raise our children.

We need the wisdom of God to work skillfully for others.

We need the wisdom of God to best help others as a volunteer.

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5.

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