Let God Use You as a Vehicle for Wisdom
I have always found it difficult to tie wisdom up neatly in a bundle and put it in a box. Growing up, I heard that the most important thing you could have was common sense. When common sense was illustrated, it usually showed how a person had thought something through and acted wisely.
When Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom he seemed to place it above all other choices. Yet, when we see the results of his choice, all the rest of his life was directly affected by that choice.
In 1 Kings 9 and 10, Solomon is portrayed as the wisest of the wise, the smartest of the smart, and the richest of the rich. What this account shows is the result of his wisdom, not the answers that he gave to tough questions. Nothing that will help me answer the questions that face me daily is given. But, wait a minute. Upon close examination there is a thread that weaves itself throughout the account. The source of all wisdom, knowledge, and understand is God. Solomon was only a vehicle through which God answered the tough questions of life.
“What does this have to do with stewardship?” you ask. Everything . The idea that stewardship is the wise use of what God has given us includes our minds. When we make good decisions, we often get good results. When we are wise in the use of what we have, our money, time, talent, we usually feel good about our choices. Jesus in telling the parable of the talents (Mathew 25) made it clear that we are being obedient to God when we use wisely what we have.
—Rev. Don Alexander
- Do you have a problem with someone who makes a wise decision that results in a huge financial gain? Do you believe that whenever someone wins, someone has to lose?
- Have you ever wondered what questions the Queen of Sheba asked Solomon? Don’t you think that she was as impressed with the surroundings, food and clothing as much as with his answers? (10:4-5)
- Do we place too much emphasis on possessions as a sign of wisdom?
How Do I Act?
- Check back on the Thanksgiving service and tree that were in the last blog.
- Have a discussion about the definition of common sense. Look up the definition of the phrase and find out where it came from. Talk about its importance or lack of it.
- Name some wise people, and reflect on what you think makes them wise. List ways and situations where wisdom is extra important. Are there ways to become like these wise people or is it something with which you are born?
- Remind yourself of a tough situation with which you are dealing. Ask God for wisdom to say and do the right thing.