Walking in Wisdom
2 Chronicles 1:7-12
7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
8 Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. 9 O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! 10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly,[e] for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”
11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— 12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”
I want to be careful not to make this sound like a prosperity message, because it’s not, but it would be foolish not to acknowledge that God is not afraid of enriching His people. In fact, I believe He is looking for people like
Solomon that He can bless with His abundance on earth.
What caused Solomon to find favor with the Lord? His desire to love and serve God’s people before himself. Solomon was not looking to create an empire for himself. I believe he was confident and secure in what God had called him to (of course, late into his reign he messes things up). Instead of concerning himself with amassing wealth and power, Solomon's heart desire was doing well with what God had called him to steward and loving the people he was called to serve. This moved God’s heart and gave God the green light to use Solomon as a vessel to bring heaven to earth.
The quickest way to stop God from moving in you, and blessing people through you, is to make your God given calling about yourself. Like Jesus, Solomon had a deep contentment and understanding of what he was called to. He was willing to make sacrifices to carry his call well and love the people his calling affected. Understanding that God is a good and gracious Father, who will provide abundantly for everything He has called you to do, and to sacrificially love His people in response to His generosity is true wisdom.
I think Jesus is still looking across the earth for people He can pour heaven's riches upon in a unique way. He is looking for people who will be a conduit of His abundance on the earth. I want to be available for Him. I want to walk in the same wisdom and revelation as Solomon. As soon as I am ready to give away what God has given me, God will be ready to pour it through me abundantly. The kind of wisdom where you can’t control God’s blessing in your life, you only allow it to run through you like a river, and pour it out torefresh the people and places he has called you to. So let me ask you a couple of questions…
Where and to whom has God called you?
Are you willing to live sacrificially to that call and the people involved in it?
Answering those questions will open the doors of favor and wisdom in your life. Like Solomon, we don’t have to worry about where tomorrow’s provision will come from. We need only to pursue wisdom, and rest in the reality that our Father in heaven is providing everything we need to serve and build His Kingdom.