“Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?’ God, the Master, was delighted with Solomon’s response. And God said to him, “Because you have asked for this and haven’t grasped after a long life, or riches, or the doom of your enemies, but you have asked for the ability to lead and govern well, I’ll give you what you’ve asked for—I’m giving you a wise and mature heart.” 1 Kings 3:9-12
What do you do when you are faced with a decision? It is easy to analyze and over-analyze a situation. But, at the end, we have still made no progress on making a decision. Sometimes, we are faced with decisions beyond our knowledge or experience. So, what are you to do when you don’t know what to do?
When God went to Solomon, Solomon could have asked for wealth, fame, popularity, or protection from his enemies. Surprisingly, he didn’t. Solomon looked around at the tasks that lie before him. He probably thought about his father and his great success. Instead of asking for something that would increase his fame, he asked God for wisdom and a discerning heart. God was so pleased with his request that He granted him all the other things for which he didn’t ask. When was the last time you asked God for wisdom? Is it a daily prayer, or do you wait until you are in a bind to ask God for wisdom? When you ask God for wisdom, He will provide you with insight that is not limited by your knowledge or experience. James 1:5 (NIV) says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God is ready to give you wisdom, if you only take time to ask.