When Solomon became king, God told him, “Ask for whatever you want and I will give it.” Solomon could have asked for anything. Almost without hesitation, he asked for wisdom that he might govern the people wisely.
The psalms tell us God opens a hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing, not just of King Solomon.
On the one hand, God wants to give us the desires of our hearts; on the other, wisdom calls.
And not just to King Solomon. Wisdom calls to us all. Always. All ways.
Wisdom is the still small voice in the back of our consciousness that questions our meanness, laziness and apathy. Small but nagging, hers is the voice that persists and insists upon good choices for the good of all.
Wisdom is the gift God bestows on those who ask, resulting in good governance, good choices, and goodness itself. Wisdom is the foundation of community that works.
When you hear that God wants to satisfy the desires of your heart, do you also hear wisdom’s call?
Gracious God, grant wisdom to our world's leaders. Grant wisdom to us all, for the sake of us all. Amen. — LH