God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. – 1 Kings 4:29
When Solomon became king, he had a dream where God asked him what he wanted. He replied that he needed wisdom to run the nation of Israel. Because Solomon asked for this wisdom and not fame or fortune, God granted his request and gave him the others on top of it just because, as we say. He became known for his great wisdom and had leaders from all over the known world come to hear his wisdom. His acclaim for wisdom carried far and wide.
Why is that most people when asked what they would do if they had a lot of money or could do whatever if there were no restrictions revert to personal gain? They could do anything they wanted and have unlimited resources but usually talk of things that benefit them personally. We need to learn the lesson that Solomon did and ask God for those things that are for the benefit of others. Yes, we are to present our needs before God with faith and trust that he will do them, as he deems fit. However, I am speaking of material things like money and clothes and such. Jesus made it clear that we are not to worry about what we eat, drink, or where but to seek first his kingdom and righteousness and then have all those things provided for by him. He also made it clear that wherever we lay up our treasures is the place where our hearts are also. Do we lay up treasures in heaven or on earth? Is our heart after the things that please the Father or ourselves? God will give us the desires of our hearts, provided the desires of our heart are in alignment with God’s desires for our lives! He knows what is best for us before we are even born! Don’t seek the things of vain glory, but rather, seek the things of God that will benefit others and yourself.
Father, thank you for giving me the charismatic gift of wisdom from your Spirit. He deemed it necessary to do so in order that I may benefit the body of Christ through the different words of wisdom you speak through me to lift up your people and equip them to do the good works you have planned for them. Help me to stay humble and pure and respectful and not to become proud or boastful because of wisdom and intelligence that you’ve given to me. Let these things be for your glory and the benefit of your people. In Jesus’ name, Amen.