I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. —I Kings 3:12

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. —I Kings 4:29-30

From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom. —I Kings 4:34

The Lord gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. –I Kings 5:12

            Wisdom— an understanding of how to apply knowledge— a learning that comes through experience.  Solomon was the wisest individual that has ever lived.  God have him “wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”   He did not just get this on his own.  This was a gift God gave to him.

            So it is with us.  All knowledge comes from God and He gives each of us abilities and potentials.  As followers of Jesus He also gives us at least one spiritual gift and or many to some.  He gives according to the grace and ability He has given us (Romans 12:6; Matthew 25:15).  Like those given talents that were to put them to use, so we are given “talents” to put them to use.  There is an expected return on what was given to us.  Faithfulness is rewarded and lack of faithfulness brings loss (Matthew 25:14-30).

            Yes, Solomon was given wisdom and had a great impact in this world.  God has given every follower of Jesus Christ abilities with the expectation that they too would have an impact in this world for the benefit of others.  “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8).  May we be faithful with the responsibility He has given us.  Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

            So what are the gifts and abilities, the resources and grace God has given to you?  Are you faithfully being and doing what He desires with them?  May it be so!

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