Trends come and go, like parachute pants and scrunchies, but there is wisdom that only comes through age and experience. Until you’ve lived long enough to learn what you didn’t know, it’s impossible to know what you don’t know. For instance, never iron naked. Just sayin’.
Then there’s wisdom that comes from God.
Solomon is known as the wisest man who ever lived, aside from Jesus. When God asked him what he desired, his answer was wisdom. In 2 Chronicles 1, we read:
7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
We would ALL love for God to ask us this same question, but many of us would much more quickly ask for a million dollars than wisdom and knowledge. But not Solomon. He had enough grasp on what was ahead of him as King (after his father, David) that he knew he needed wisdom above all else. The rest of the story is that he not only became the wisest man of all time, but he became the richest man of all time.
Solomon ruled Israel forty years, had a mostly peaceful reign, and built the most magnificent temple for Yahweh ever known. Unfortunately, he didn’t access the full wisdom that God granted for all of his life and declined in his later years due to marrying many wives who brought in the worship of idols. So, even the wisest man in the world falls prey to pillow talk.
The lesson in this for us as leaders is to value God’s wisdom above wealth. Matthew 6:33 tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these things will be added to you.” In seeking God’s kingdom purposes first everything we need will be “added.” We may not know how or be happy with when, but, if we hold steady and follow the Lord, He always adds.
A great leader values God’s wisdom and never, never wears parachute pants.