". . . LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have
made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me
wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern
this great people of yours?"
God said to Solomon, "Since this is your
heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the
death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for
wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king,
therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.
And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have."
2 Chronicles 1: 9-12 (NIV)
Do you wish you were more wise? That you knew more? That, in itself is wisdom and knowledge. To me, there's nothing more foolish than thinking you know everything.
I need to remind myself to look on Solomon's prayer and act on it:
". . let your promise to my father David be confirmed . . "
I am to call upon His promise, because His promises are sure and true.
". . You have made me king . . "
I must acknowlege that He has control over all things. King. Wife. Mom. Clothes picker-upper. Child picker-upper. Disciplinarian. Bible study leader.
"Give me wisdom and knowledge . . "
I need to pray for wisdom and knowledge, not just patience!
". . this great people of yours?"
Do it for Him. Do it with love so as not to be a noisy gong. If the sacrifice you present is without love, He will not be pleased. It is for Him.
"And I will also give you wealth . ."
God doesn't say "Because of your prayer" or anything that relates to what Solomon has done or said. Giving wealth is at His discretion and not a result of Solomon's actions or words. Don't believe those people who say good deeds and prayers and giving will result in riches. It is at His discretion and nothing you do will make you "deserve" it.
Enjoy! Rest! on this day that the Lord gave us!