I remember as a child playing the game of “Three Wishes.” We would all tell our stories of what we would wish for if a magic genie appeared and granted us anything we wanted. Of course, there would be wishes for money – lots of it – and to be a hall-of-fame baseball player, a superpower, and other rich fantasies. I always thought I was so clever in asking for unlimited wishes.
Years ago, a young King of Israel asked for and received the greatest gift from God. He could have asked for his enemies to be destroyed or for a long life, or for more power, or even great wealth. Instead, he asked for wisdom. Solomon asked for the understanding in his heart to be able to know the right decisions for the best interests of the people. He wanted the wisdom of how to rule. And my friends, few things are more important to great leadership than wisdom.
Know this: wisdom is not knowledge. A lot of brilliant people have no wisdom at all. Wisdom is the ability to assimilate that knowledge to make decisions that are right, wise, and best for all concerned. God gives us the key to wisdom, which is being willing to listen to the Word of God and obey it. Solomon “wished” for the right thing. We should follow his example whenever we find ourselves placed in a position of trust, responsibility, and authority.