1 Kings 3:16-28; 1 Kings 5:1-18; 2 Chronicles 2:1-18; 1 Kings 6:1-13; 2 Chronicles 3:1-14; 1 Kings 6:14-38 (NIV)
Michelle Turner, Women’s Ministry
The Lord was with Solomon. He honored his request for wisdom. In 1 Kings 3:16-28, we see this wisdom shine through in how Solomon handled the two women. As 1 Kings 3:28 says, “When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.” This was an instance where Solomon used the wisdom God had given him to act on his own.
God had also given Solomon the wisdom to reach out when he knew he couldn’t accomplish the temple construction on his own. Not only did Solomon ask Hiram the king of Tyre for help, he wisely stated “You know that we have no one so skilled in felling timber as the Sidonians.” (1Kings 5:6) Solomon knew he needed help, who to turn to for help and how to ask for it. He didn’t turn away from asking for help from a non-believer.
Not only does Solomon ask for help from a non-believer, he shows a humble attitude. He models the behavior we should have for our God as he takes on the task of building a temple for the Lord. In 2 Chronicles 2:5-6, Solomon states to Hiram: “The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for Him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before Him?” This is such a great testimony and posture toward the Lord to display to those around us.
Here is what I take away from these passages: God will give you the wisdom you need, as long as you ask for His wisdom. Don’t try to gain the world’s wisdom and ask God to join you along the way. God will give you the wisdom to know when to handle something on your own and when to ask for help. When it comes time to step out and ask for help, don’t be afraid to ask. Reaching out to a non-believer is a chance to speak into their life in a way that glorifies God, gives a chance to humbly share a little truth about who He is, and provides an opportunity to build a relationship.
My prayer is that we would ask for God’s wisdom and discernment in all things. Also that we would not shy away from reaching out to others for help, and seek to glorify God in the process. May God give you an abundance of His wisdom to lead you through this life and help you know when to lean on others.