If God were to come to you and say that He would give you whatever it is that you wanted, what would you ask for? If you could ask God for one thing, what would it be?
One person in the Bible had that opportunity. His name was Solomon. After his father David died and Solomon became king of Israel, he had a very interesting encounter with God. In 1 Kings 3, it says that God appeared to Solomon in a dream. And God said to him, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (v5) Solomon replied, “Give me wisdom so that I can govern this great people of Yours.” (v9)
As you read the rest of the story, you will see that it pleased God that he asked for wisdom. And because he asked for wisdom, God also blessed him with all the other things that we might think of as being associated with being successful. And Solomon became the most famous king of his day and one of the wisest people who has ever lived.
Throughout the month of February and up until Palm Sunday, we will be spending our time on Sunday mornings looking into the book of Proverbs where Solomon recorded for us much of the wisdom that God gave him. The book of Proverbs gives us instruction on dealing with many different aspects of everyday life. It is a guidebook on how to lead wise and godly lives and how to avoid the pitfalls of unwise, ungodly conduct.
Proverbs is God’s book on “How to wise up and live.” It is His treasure book of wisdom. In Proverbs 4, Solomon tells us that the key to having everything we want is to wise up. He says, “Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. 8If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.” Proverbs 4:7-8 (NLT)
So plan on joining with us as we plunge into this series, “Time to Wise Up.” In this series, we will see the tangible benefits of allowing our faith in God and His Word direct our day to day lives. I look forward to seeing you there!
Peace and Blessing,