What if God came to you and He said you could have one thing, anything you want. You name it and it’s yours. What would your one thing be? I think for a lot of us, it would freak us out because we would think about all of the options we would have. I mean, there are thousands of things we need and want. But what would that one thing be? That might be a stressful decision because you could choose so many things. It could be success. It could be wealth. It could be fame.
That actually happened to a guy in the Old Testament whose name was Solomon. He had just taken over for his father, David, as King over Israel. Solomon was a young man, and he had a dream one night where God said to him, “Solomon, what is the one thing you want? You name it, anything, and it’s yours.” You know what Solomon’s one thing was? Wisdom. He said, “God, I really feel like a little child here among all these people I’m supposed to lead. I feel overwhelmed, and I don’t know what to do. I’m clueless. What I really need, more than anything else, is Your wisdom to make good decisions for these people that I’m trying to lead. I need wisdom desperately to be able to be the leader these people need and deserve.”
God loved his request so much when he asked for wisdom that He said, “Solomon, I am pleased, and I’m going to give you exactly what you’ve asked for, wisdom. You are going to be the wisest man who ever lived. I’m also going to give you what you didn’t ask for. I’m going to give you success, honor, prestige, wealth and long life. I’m going to give you everything else.”
What is wisdom? Well, it’s not intellect. You can have a high IQ and make dumb decisions. It’s not even common sense. It’s so much more than that. Let me give you a biblical definition of wisdom. Wisdom is the God given ability to make decisions and to live life from an eternal perspective. I want you to notice the phrase, ‘God given’ in that definition because wisdom doesn’t come naturally. It’s not about following your feelings or your gut instinct. Wisdom doesn’t come naturally. It comes supernaturally. It’s a gift from God just like with Solomon. But it’s a gift God wants every one of us to have. It’s a gift God wants to give you, but you have to ask for it and pursue it and then prepare for it in your life.