Gems 2015 –– April 9 Scripture Selection: I Kings 4-6

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 9 Scripture Selection: I Kings 4-6

Food for Thought: I Kings 4:20, 29, 30

It’s unfortunate that most people who lack wisdom are convinced that they already have it. It’s the wise ones who recognize the need for godly wisdom. I Kings 3:4-9 shows that Solomon was wise enough to realize that he needed to be wiser in order to handle the position that he suddenly had found himself in as king of Israel. He couldn’t have asked for anything better. The phenomenal wisdom that the Lord provided him led to immense prosperity, peace in the land and with the neighbors of Israel, and also benefited all those who went before him to hear his words of wisdom. Even today, people who are truly wise tend to have others around them who glean from their nuggets of understanding that they would share.

Godly wisdom is available to us, as well, if we sincerely request it. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” That is an absolute promise of the Lord for us which is confirmed in Proverbs 2:6-8: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.” Since the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, we have constant access to this wisdom. (See I Cor. 1:30.)

We all have been placed in situations that we simply cannot handle on our own. We need God’s wisdom. The great thing is that it is available to us. All we have to do is recognize our need for it, ask for it, and live by it. Then, we will see the same effects that Solomon saw as a result of the godly wisdom he was provided: prosperity, peace, and success in our endeavors. In addition, we will also be able to have a positive influence in the lives of others, which is probably the greatest benefit of them all.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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