And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.
– 1 Kings 4:29-34
As I meditate on the wisdom of Solomon, it makes me wonder why I don’t ask God for more help than I do. God puts a heavy task on Solomon and he is worried he won’t be able to run the nation of Israel. He doesn’t ask God to have an easier life, but he asks him, through wisdom, for the ability to accomplish what God has set before him. In response, God makes him the wisest king the world had ever seen. He wrote over 1000 songs. He spoke 3000 proverbs. I’d bet the knowledge he shared about the animals would rival the knowledge we have today about them.
God has and knows everything. Me asking him for understanding, or for help with what he has put before me, doesn’t put any stress on him. It doesn’t wear on him. He, in fact, delights when his people ask him for help, and showers on them mounds of blessings along with that help as he gives it.
Lord God, I need your help. I look back on things you’ve called me to do, and some of them were completely beyond my strength. You were my help. I depended on you in those times and I begged you for help. As I write this, things are steady. I’m rested and I feel like I could take on the world. Don’t let me forget that apart from you I can do nothing. I want to rely on you for my strength, not my own. You have unlimited ability and knowledge, and you love to share it with your people.
This post is part of my Weekly REAP series. I’m posting these from my personal journal to share what God is teaching me, and to give some practical examples of the REAP method. I didn’t write any of these with publishing in mind, so forgive me if they don’t always wax eloquent. Here is some more information on the REAP study method.