Solomon said, “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”

1 Kings 3:9

Pastor John Writes:

I read one definition of wisdom which said: “Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge, experience, understanding, and insight in a way that leads to sound judgments and decisions. It involves discernment, good sense, and the capacity to see the long-term consequences of actions. Wisdom goes beyond mere intelligence or knowledge; it encompasses moral and ethical dimensions, guiding individuals to act in ways that are just, prudent, and beneficial to  themselves and others.”

One challenge for people of faith is seeking God’s guidance and making decisions that align with God’s will. Some inspiration can be found in the story of Solomon. When Solomon encounters God in a dream at Gibeon, God says, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Instead of asking for wealth, long life, or the defeat of his enemies, Solomon recognizes his limitations and the enormity of his responsibility. Then, he asks for a discerning heart, demonstrating his desire not just for knowledge, but for the ability to use it wisely and justly. As always, wisdom involves not only knowing what is right but also understanding how to put it into practice in our daily lives.

God grants Solomon exceptional wisdom because he sought it for the right  reasons — not for personal gain, but to better serve God’s people.

From Solomon’s example, we learn several key principles about seeking and living by God’s wisdom:

  1. Humility: Acknowledge our need for God’s guidance and be open to God’s direction.
  2. Right Motives: Seek wisdom not for selfish purposes, but to fulfill God’s will and serve others.
  3. Prayer: Approach God in prayer, asking sincerely for the wisdom to make decisions that honor God.

Remembering Solomon’s example, let us pray for discerning hearts, so that we may navigate our responsibilities and relationships with the wisdom God provides. May our choices reflect the heart of God, and may our lives glorify the Lord and bless those around us. May we all grow in wisdom and understanding, day after day.

Blessings to you during July,

The Rev. John G. Rights