April 6, 2015
In today's QT, God appeared to Solomon in a dream, and asked him "Ask for whatever you want, and I will give it to you." and Solomon asks for wisdom. God is pleased, and grants him wisdom. I wonder what I would ask for, and wonder what I'm asking in my prayers. Would He be pleased? Solomon's situation is that he's a king, and he could pretty much have anything worldly as a king, and I suppose that's similar to everything money can buy today, he can have any of that, so it wouldn't make sense to ask for that. It would only make sense to ask God for something he can't get on his own. Now, wisdom is certainly something you cannot get on your own. You can't buy knowledge in a sense that it requires some capacity and effort on your part, but it is unclear how you get wisdom. It's something you can't quite put a finger on and say hey, this is wisdom, this is how you get it. I wonder what other things he could have asked God for. In today's QT, God says he's happy that Solomon didn't ask for long life, or wealth for himself, or death of enemies, or ability to judge well. These are all things you can't buy either. I've been reading proverbs a lot lately, which is supposed to have been written by Solomon, and I think one of things he did not have a wise wife. He goes on at least couple of times about how bad a nagging wife can be. Solomon had many wives, probably the most pretty people he could find, and he also had wives for political reasons, but in the end, all of these wives gave him trouble. Now I keep going back to this proverb 31:30 Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the LORD should be praised. This is supposedly written by Solomon after all he's been through. Now, in my life, I've never been the one to take advice from other people. I've often asked for advice, only to consider them, but then I'd have to try it out and experience it myself. This has both pros and cons. Pro is the what I know, I know for certain based on my own experience and I can sort of feel that I've made some decisions in my life, but con is that it's costly, and it hurts, but you learn from it. Now, I've seen how some of my friends lives, and some of them live by their parent's word all their life. They've bypassed all the problems they might have had to face had they made some of the decisions themselves, but at the same time, they don't know what's on the other side had they gone the other way, and they often seem to feel that they're not living their own life. Now, which is better? I'm biased to say the way my father let him do whatever I wanted is better, but at the same time, whenever I can remember an advice that I should have taken at the time I heard it, rather than realizing that such advice was good after the fact, I think to myself, I should have taken that advice, but this is how I learn, by trial and error. I think this way makes the most sense for someone who does not believe in God. Now, since I do believe in God, things are and have been a little different. I take advices in the bible very seriously. It's the advice my creator gave me to save me some trouble, so it'd be foolish for me to not take it, right? It's easier said than done though. The world loves physically beautiful women, and it treats them different, and that itself must be impacting them in some ways that it makes it difficult for them to be let go of the world. I think this is possibly one of the reasons it's difficult to find a woman who's beautiful both inside and out. I suppose beauty on the outside is subjective. More importantly, beauty on the outside disappears. Anyways, what would I ask for if I'm in Solomon's shoes?
Application: think through out the day and pray at the end of the day about what I would ask for if I was in Solomon's shoes, and ask for it.