Even though he was in the thick of trials and had problems that were up to his ears, King Solomon recognized that there was more value in understanding how to deal with them than in having them just disappear. I think this is a great frame of mind to maintain as we enter the new year.
It’s fascinating to me that God not only granted the wise king’s request for wisdom, but 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 long life. I believe this is because the Lord knew that if his heart and mind were flooded with wisdom, Solomon would easily be able to manage the good things that came his way. You see, there’s a challenge that accompanies every gift that the world gives and that is stewardship. Without good judgement 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 2019 and ponder your goals for 2020, my advice is to cultivate a framework of wisdom through which to view every opportunity and challenge. Set your mind on spiritual growth, and develop an understanding that within each unexpected trial or unforeseen obstacle is a priceless opportunity to cultivate Godly wisdom. Treasure that truth above your circumstances, keep Jesus at the center of your focus, and you’ll be in for an amazing year!