Even though he was in the thick of trials and up to his ears with problems, King Solomon recognized that there would be more value in understanding how to deal with them than if they disappeared. This is an excellent frame of mind to maintain as we enter the new year.
It’s fascinating to me that God not only honored the wise king’s request for wisdom, He assured him that he would have more of it than anyone else on earth. Beyond that, He promised that all the things he wanted but hadn’t asked for would be added to him — wealth, honor, and a long life. I believe this is because the Lord knew that if his heart and mind were flooded with wisdom, Solomon could easily manage the good things that came his way. You see, a challenge accompanies every gift the world gives, and that is stewardship. Without good judgment and a grounded mind, things that seem to be a blessing can quickly become a curse — they must be managed, so they don’t manage us!
My friend, if you’re like me, you’re excited about the promise of another year and the chance it brings to grow, learn, and start fresh. As you savor the last few days of this year and ponder your goals for the new year, I advise cultivating a framework of wisdom through which to view every opportunity and challenge. Set your mind on spiritual growth and develop an understanding that each unexpected trial or unforeseen obstacle is a priceless opportunity to cultivate Godly wisdom. Keep Jesus at the center of your focus, and you’re in for an amazing year!