Reading through the Bible together
How long is your wish list? When God asked Solomon for what he wanted he asked for just one thing – wisdom. Recently I read a story of a volunteer helping in an orphanage in the remote foothills of the Himalayas. The volunteer asked the woman who had worked in the kitchen almost all her life what she would ask for if she were granted three wishes. Without thinking she replied, “Enough food for all the children.” For the second wish she said, “Maybe a washing machine.” Pressed for the third wish, she thought for a while and then said, “I don’t know. Two is enough.” Who among us would not have paused for reflection, but only because we would have had trouble narrowing our list to three!
Solomon’s wisdom and acute sense of justice became legendary. His faithfulness to God resulted in the prosperity of the nation. God granted him further blessings – victory in wars which resulted in considerable wealth, and long life.
Sadly, much of Solomon’s long life was wasted because he forsook God. He pursued fame and honor. He sought happiness in acquisitions. The wise king came to his senses and realized, as he had at the very beginning, that happiness is a gift from God, but he had wasted so much valuable time.
Secretary, Southern Asia Division