In 1 Kings 3, not long after Solomon was made king, God visited him in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon responded that he felt inadequate for the tasks and said, “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

God responded, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.  Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both wealth and honour – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.”

In essence, because Solomon sought wisdom first, and wealth and honour followed.

It’s easy to be seduced by seeking after fame and fortune.  It’s what our society values and it seems as though it will make life worth living.

But the lesson from Solomon is to seek wisdom.

Seek the ability to make sound decisions.

Seek expertise at a world-class level.

It may not happen overnight like it did for Solomon, but it’s worth pursuing even if it takes years.

Who knows?  Perhaps, like Solomon, wealth and honour will follow.

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