In our OT passage today, we see Solomon show signs of wisdom - by asking for wisdom. He was wise enough to know that being able to discern right from wrong was crucial in his role as King, and he was wise enough to know that he wasn't wise enough on his own.
Can we say the same?
Are we wise enough to know that we ought to pursue wisdom and discernment?
Are we wise enough to know that wisdom does not come from within ourselves, but rather from God - the author of wisdom?
Are we wise enough to desire wisdom over everything else the world offers instead - power, money, prestige, etc?
As we'll see later in the OT, Solomon's wisdom was not enough to keep him wholly devoted to God. Not only do we need the ability to determine right from wrong - we need the desire to chose rightly when we know what we ought to do. Solomon did not always choose rightly. We need to desire, not only wisdom, but the Author of wisdom.
This Matthew text fit very well with our OT passage.....
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What are you (and I) pursuing? Where is your treasure? Where is your heart?
I also found it awesome that Solomon is mentioned in our NT passage - I love how God is able to speak through His Word by "coincidentally" matching up "random" passages in this way.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 1 Kings 6-7; Matthew 7