One of the greatest, mightiest and wisest king that ever lived on earth was king Solomon. Solomon Loved the Lord. Walked in statutes (in his early days) and practices of king David his father (1 Kings 3:3) He honored Lord always. He went to Gibeon (near Jerusalem, where stood the tabernacle and the bronze altar) to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. One thousand burnt offerings Solomon offered on the altar. Lord was pleased with Solomon. In Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night. And asked, ask what shall I give you”. Solomon could have asked for anything on earth, but he chose to ask for ‘wisdom’. Solomon said, ““Give your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad, for who is able to judge and rule this your great people (1Kings 3:9). It pleased the Lord. And Lord blessed him as such,”” behold I have done as you have asked. I have given you a wise, discerning mind, so that no one before you was your equal, nor shall any arise after you, equal to you. I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among kings’ equal to all your days.”(1 Kings 12-14)
In the above paragraph, we can see that Lord was so generous to Solomon. What he asked for, he got much more than that. It also throws light on Solomon’s earnest heart that pleased Lord, that Lord blessed him with such extraordinary gifts and anointing. That shows Lord seeks an “earnest heart”.
As believers, it becomes so important to be blessed with wisdom, discernment, prudence and an understanding heart. Wisdom is more precious than silver and gold. It makes us wise and equipped to handle our gifts and anointing with care and wisdom.
But, as humans, we get too carried away with worldly materialistic things and remain on a superficial level in our spiritual life. We can’t think beyond our daily need and don’t even bother to look at the greater picture God has painted for our beautiful lives. ”If we walk in His statutes and guidance””. We do not allow God to saturate us with His love and words. Consequentially, we waste our potential and eventually lose our anointing.
Ironically, focus of our life also reveals our character as well as our hearts. God, being so infinite and gracious, can understand the truth about our characters so fast. It’s not bad to ask for solutions from God for our immediate circumstantial problems. But if our minds can’t look beyond our circumstances, if we do not “want to” grow beyond our daily needs, we are at a potential risk of “Spiritual malnutrition”. It leads to immature behavioral flaws, which in turn will cause many more self-created Frankenstein’s for our lives, because of wrong choices for lack of discernment. We need wisdom for almost everything, be it handling our finances, lives, relationships, dealing with parents, spouses, children, family, friends, coworkers, employees and so on.
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Ultimately “Wisdom” is a gift we badly require.
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King Solomon’s wisdom was known across the world. Being gifted is a blessing from God, but practicing it daily and walking in the wisdom of God, is different thing altogether. Many people are anointed, somewhere enroute they become Mr./MS “know it all”, and refuse to grow beyond their knowledge. They simply wouldn’t allow God to do the changes God wants to (pruning) in their lives. Eventually the anointing is lost. When we use our “”own wisdom””, that we lose track.
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Something similar happened in case of Solomon. Blessed with much more than he could ever ask for, his lust for women, power and more gold and silver, he turned away from God. He eventually was led astray by women he took as wives from pagan territories, who in turn brought their pagan deities and practices, that led Solomon away from God’s ways. He eventually did the most egregious sin of building pagan altars in Israel and worshipping them too (1 Kings 11 1-4). In his old age, his love for those wives (700 wives and 300 concubines), turned him away, that made Lord angry and depart from him. What a waste!
As believers if we do not make conscious aggressive effort on our part to keep a check on our ways, it’s very easy to go astray. We all start with anointing, since unless there is a specific call on our lives, we cannot start in our journey with Lord in the first place. But, what happens enroute? Why so many false prophets across? Why are believers still suffering? Why are believers still not getting fulfilled spiritually? Why the world still in doubts, confusions and depressions? Simply because, we aren’t making a conscious effort to keep guard. Cause if we did, we wouldn’t be so easily deceived by false pagan practices, teachings and lust of eyes, ears and hearts.
Pray:- Oh Lord, bless me with a discerning heart, mind and anointing that You blessed King Solomon with, but help me never to get distracted and go away from You and Your word. Amen””