How’d Solomon Know to Ask That??


You may know the story from 2 Chronicles 1 when God came to Solomon in the night and said, “Ask what I shall give you” and Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge above everything else. This pleased God. He granted Solomon’s request and gave him riches, possessions, and honor, too. Solomon’s response to God (and God’s response to him) was huge and shaped his own life, influenced the entire ancient world, and has effected each and every one of us for all time.

Have you ever wondered how Solomon was wise enough to ask for wisdom in the first place?

I have. This morning, I had a lightbulb moment that was worth dusting off to share with you.

Solomon knew to ask for wisdom because his father told him to.

He wrote about it in Proverbs 4.

“When I was a son with my father,
    tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
    keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight;
    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
    love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
    and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
    she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a graceful garland;
    she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

Wow, right? How encouraging this is to us as parents.

May we look our children in the eye today (and tomorrow and the next day) and teach them this: “Whenever you have the chance to get anything, get wisdom.


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