At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” – 1 Kings 3:5-9 (NRSV)
Wisdom is one of those characteristics that defy social boundaries. It is the scepter kings rule by, the beacon that draws the child into adulthood and the soundness of thought that pulls our attention regardless of where the voice is coming from. For Solomon it was the defining characteristic of his life, and where his father wrote songs and psalms, Solomon wrote on wisdom. But we don’t hear much about wisdom today.
There is much being said about people who are intelligent, savvy, smart or insightful, but not much on people who are wise. God, however, is not as interested in us being savvy, smart or insightful, as He is in us treasuring wisdom. Unfortunately wisdom doesn’t get talked about much today. The world is more interested in information and acquisition than wise words; more attentive to changing opinions than clearly state truth. It is one of the reasons that wisdom stands out when we see it or hear it.
There is a lot of information out there for parents. Much of it is intelligent and savvy, but there is one thing parents should seek with far more diligence and passion and that is wisdom. We can read articles, study books and listen to TV shows, but godly wisdom will outdo them all and help us sort through all that information with more clarity and discernment.
Lord, grant me wisdom to raise my children in righteousness and truth. Help me to seek wisdom each day in thought and deed and put a hunger in my children’s minds for Your wisdom. Amen