Want to know what I wished for when I blew out my candle on my birthday? I remembered one of the lessons from school and I first thanked God for all my blessings, then I asked for wisdom!
We are reading 1 Kings in school right now and our last reading was about God coming to Solomon and offering to give him whatever he wanted. Solomon knew his responsibility to God’s people was more than he could fulfill alone and he took the job quite seriously. So he asked that the Lord would give him wisdom. God granted that and more.
I can’t count the number of times I have said that God is not a genie. And yet, here is one instance where God chooses to put Himself in that role. Anything you want! Name it! It is yours! Can you imagine?? And this isn’t some genie, but GOD. God is asking you what your greatest desire is and He will bring it forth. Just like that. Wow!
Solomon could have asked for riches—you know, so that he could better serve and protect the people. He could have asked for long life—you know, so that he would be serving and protecting the people for as long as possible. He could have asked for anything! But he asked for wisdom.
What a wise request! How often I have asked for thing that might have brought me harm. I am fully aware that the Lord has protecting me from things known and unknown throughout my life. So, who am I to ask for something?? I will just screw it up, making a decision with my limited knowledge and many flaws. But to ask for wisdom… That is brilliant!
Lord, help me to know what to want. Help me to shed what is not good for me. Help me to act and speak with your wisdom, your eternal knowledge and perspective. Help me to be more and more like You!