Today’s special guest is my long-time friend, Samantha Eberly. She is a mother to 2 children, wife to guitar extraordinaire Joseph Eberly, self-proclaimed Domestic Engineer, and a Christian writer/blogger. As if that wasn’t all cool enough, she and her husband lead worship regularly and love pursuing God’s calling, wherever it takes them!
When I was younger, I remember a Christmas where all that I wanted was a bicycle. Other gifts would be great too, but I wanted nothing more than a bicycle, so I could cruise around our neighborhood after school. I remember waking up and running to the living room on Christmas morning looking around for my bike. My eyes were still half-closed with sleep and in my excitement, I even tripped on some presents. I had gotten it! My little seven-year-old heart was full of joy!
As I grew older, my desires for things shifted into grown-up mode. The American dream tells us that to be happy we need a big house with a white picket fence, a great job, 2.5 kids, and yearly vacations to Disney World. Now please don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with ANY of these things. However, I have seen some pretty miserable millionaires and some poor people who happen to be content. Regardless of what side of the fence you rest on, we can’t escape the fact that we all desire SOMETHING.
Let’s take a look at a story in the Bible about the desire of a man named Solomon:
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 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. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” 2 Chronicles 1:7-12
What?!? Solomon could have asked for ANYTHING, but his greatest desire was to have WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE. He went on to become one of the wealthiest kings in the Bible
Proverbs 8:11 tells me that wisdom is better than rubies and NOTHING that I desire could compare to it. Wisdom trumps the Corvette. Wisdom is greater than the big house. Wisdom is greater than a diamond ring. Wisdom is greater than___________ (Fill in the blank with your greatest desire).
The fruit of wisdom is “better than fine gold” (Proverbs 8:19). Proverbs 8:10 tells me to receive instruction rather than silver. Rubies, gold, and silver….King Solomon, one of the wealthiest kings in history, is telling us to cherish wisdom above treasure. That wisdom is, in fact, the greatest treasure.How do you get wisdom? Simply by asking and seeking God for it! Click To Tweet
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 HCSB
God GIVES it freely when we seek Him for it.
There are many things that I have placed on my Christmas wish list over the years, but I’m pretty sure that wisdom wasn’t one of them. At first glance, wisdom seems boring and should be something that only older people have. However, looking back over my life, there are plenty of situations that if the wisdom of the Lord had been prized, I probably wouldn’t have walked through them. Obviously, as they say, “hindsight is 20/20,” but moving forward, I want to embrace the wisdom of God. I want to receive a “spirit of wisdom and revelation” as Paul refers to it in Ephesians 1:17.
This is my prayer for you too this Christmas season. May our desires be in line with His as we seek His wisdom
It’s been an honor to spend this time with you.
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