September 11, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 3

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SAA Notes

Solomon makes a good beginning. His request for wisdom to rule God’s people with equity, rather than a long-life, wealth or victory over his enemies brings God’s commendation! Administering justice in family, church or society takes wisdom from God!

SJA Notes

“It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.”

God is pleased when we humbly ask Him for wisdom!

Solomon started out his leadership well, with humility and asking God for what matters, for wisdom.

But what is wisdom?

Solomon tells us in Proverbs 4,

“Get wisdom; get insight; … The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”

But what is it?

Back in Proverbs 1 Solomon tells us, he grounds us in what wisdom is,

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;”

And further, when wisdom herself is speaking of the foolish,

“Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,”

Wisdom begins with a holy fear of God.

Growing in wisdom is being sanctified, becoming more like Jesus. Learning how to say Yes to God and No to the world. Wisdom is choosing to live how God wants us and not how the world does.

Wisdom is the beatitudes, the fruits of the spirit; wisdom is writing God’s law upon our hearts, being good soil, a branch of the true vine, bearing much fruit.

So where is wisdom found?

God has given to us His word which contains everything we need to know to be wise.

In James 1 we read of God’s word, that it is the mirror which always tells us the truth,

“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

* God Almighty,

Thank You Lord for Your word, for Your wisdom that You teach to us through it.

Thank You for You the Son, Jesus, who is Your word become flesh, the incarnation of Your wisdom.

Please help us today to be more like Jesus.

Amen.

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