Today’s Scripture: Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 1¬†Kings¬†3:9


The Lord came to Solomon in a dream and asked him what he desired. Solomon’s response was one of humility and thankfulness. Solomon recognized the blessings and mercy God had shown his father and asked that God would help him rule Israel. Solomon knew that leading God’s people required God’s wisdom. He realized he needed an understanding heart and the ability to discern because of the many decisions involved with the job at hand.

We sometimes joke about having wishes granted by a genie, but what would you ask for if given this opportunity? How many of us could honestly say that if God came and offered anything in the world, we would choose wisdom and the ability to discern? Would the desire for the things of God be the first thing that came to our minds, or would we desire the fame, wealth, or power the world has to offer?

Would the temporary things of this world have more attraction than the things that would last for eternity? Would we be blinded by the sparkling gold, diamonds, and precious stones of this world, or would we focus on the brilliance of an eternal crown in glory? Would we be obsessed with gaining authority and fame here on Earth, or be concerned with what the King of Glory desires and what would please Him?

We may not have God audibly asking this question to us, but we all face this decision each day. We have the opportunity to learn wisdom from His Word, or be consumed with the things of this world. We can spend time each day meditating on His Word, or leave Him out by ignoring Him. God’s wisdom isn’t forced upon us, rather, it is available to us and we must take the time and effort to learn His will through the study of His Word. Make it a habit to daily search God’s Word so that you, too, can have wisdom and understanding.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder