It’s Simple

It’s Simple 


In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask what I shall give you.’ Solomon said to God, ‘You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, You promise to my father David is fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people for who can rule this people of Yours? 2 Chronicles 1:8-10 

God plays the magic genie and offers to grant Solomon whatever he wants. Solomon refers to God’s lovingkindness which is a particular reference of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His covenant with David. In the Davidic covenant, God promised David a son that rule after him as the next step in God’s ultimate promise to David that from his heirs, the Messiah would come. And that his kingdom would last forever. 

God’s lovingkindness, that is referenced to over and over throughout the Old Testament, is not God being nice to us, per se. His lovingkindness refers to God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises. In a world where everyone falls at least a little short of keeping their promises, God fulfills ALL His promises completely and faithfully always and fully. 

God said to Solomon, ‘Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and know have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you have possessed nor those who will come after you.’ 

So Solomon went from the high place which was at Gibeon, from the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem, and he reigned over Israel. 2 Chronicles 1:9-13 

Solomon didn’t ask for a fish. He asked God to teach him how to fish. This new king, around 20 years old, was wise enough to know that he was in over his head. He was recently inserted into the role of the King of God’s chosen people, numbering millions of people at that time. 

To have wisdom, over all else, is, well, it’s just smart. Our lives are the culmination of our decisions. Yes, some are dealt more difficult live situations than others. We can’t choose where we are born and who are parents are. But even within similar situations, people can turn out completely different. 

Two Sons 

Consider the simple story of two sons who were born in a family with an alcoholic father. These boys grew up in the same situation. 

One son became an alcoholic. “What choice do I have?” he said. “My father is an alcoholic.” 

The other son never touched a drop of alcohol. “How could I?” he said. “Look what it did to my father.” 

From this simple story, we see that our lives are culmination of our decisions, our world view, and our ability to think and process information. 

  1. Ask for Wisdom 

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

  1. Attain Wisdom 

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens. Proverbs 3:19. 

Reflect upon this simple verse for a moment. The Lord created the world we live in by wisdom and the laws and principles of our universe are set up to function when wisdom is applied to the lives of those who live within this world. The natural, physical and moral laws of our universe were created so that its inhabitants would prosper with wisdom. 

It’s so simple 

Be wise, be blessed. Be foolish, be cursed. 

Be wise, good things happen in this life. Be foolish, bad things happen in this life. 

Make wise decisions and prosper. Make foolish decisions and suffer. 

For the devious are an abomination to the Lord; but He is intimate with the upright. 

The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.  

The wise will inherit honor, but fools display dishonor. 

Let’s set our hearts and minds to ask for wisdom, and often. Let’s follow up our prayers with action to apply learning to Proverbs. Lord, it’s simple but it’s not easy. Give us the moral strength to follow through and apply wisdom to our hearts, minds and decisions. For Your glory, Amen!