Solomon has been labeled as the wisest man in history. His writings are still quoted and used in both the Christian circles as well as the secular circles. There is so much to learn from him! Plus, he wrote the most erotic book in the Bible. I mean seriously. It was some hard core ancient 50 shades of grey. There should be some sort of mature audience rating on Songs of Solomon. Clearly we can learn a thing or two from such a wise man!
Let’s talk for a second about how he gained this famed wisdom. In 1 Kings 3 we see that God appears to Solomon. Solomon asks God to bless him with wisdom and understanding! I mean he could have asked God for anything in this moment. But he chose wisdom! I mean how many of us, including myself, would have wisdom on the forefront of their mind in that moment. But Solomon did! And God was so pleased with this that he blessed him with more wisdom than anyone. In fact in 1 Kings 3:12 God says, "I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be." Apparently there is never to be another man with wisdom as great as Solomon's! I think that's really cool!
I think the most important thing I have learned is that wisdom is freely given. And that God enjoys blessing his children with wisdom!
All we have to do is ask! This is something I want to start incorporating in my every day prayer life. I actually first hear this story as a young teenager and started praying for Gods wisdom in my life. And clearly I am no Solomon, but I really have seen the benefits! It also created a habit in me to seek God in various situations no matter how big or small. I have been slowly learning to seek Him instead of googling what other people do in whatever situation I'm faced with. It has been a huge blessing in my life! But it's also been hard. There have been times when I know I have had the wisdom to know the right thing to so. And still I have chosen the wrong things at times. Knowing full well what I was doing. But I chose to look back on those as "character building" moments. hehe! Asking for Gods wisdom in my life has also led me to choose life paths that are more difficult than simple. Things like dating (and then marrying) a man in the military, which is something I had sworn against since I was a kid. Ditching my dreams of veterinarian school because of a calling for Student Ministry. Being my parents cheerleader as we struggled through a 4 year adoption process for my sister. But I am so thankful looking back! These have been the greatest blessings in my life! Needless to say I want to continue to pray God's wisdom over my life and I want to ask you to do the same!