Reading through the Bible together
When Solomon first came to the throne, the Lord appeared to him in a dream at night and asked what He could give him. Solomon, feeling humbled by the task of judging God’s chosen people, replied, “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10).
It appears, at first blush, that his request was immediately granted, along with “riches, wealth, and honor” (see 2 Chron. 1:12). Yet, what the Bible does not disclose is how long Solomon must have labored with God before his request was granted. From today’s passage, it appears that it did not come easily since Solomon suggests calling out for insight, and crying aloud for understanding. . . and to look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure (Prov. 2:3-5). Only after this, will one understand the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of God. The Lord gives wisdom, and to know Him is to be wise.
Wisdom (the Lord) gives us knowledge of right and wrong, and can save us from wicked men, the adulteress, and the wayward spouse.
May your heart cry today be to have that insight and understanding that only comes from God.
Jackie Ordelheide Smith
General Conference Ministerial Association