Who do you know that is wise? What makes them wise?


After King David died, his son, Solomon became the new king of Israel. And just like his father before him, Solomon loved God very much. He built a giant, beautiful house for God (the temple) to live among his people, and for his people to worship God. God was very pleased with Solomon. So pleased that one day he told Solomon that he could ask for anything and God would give it to him.

What would you ask for? What do you think Solomon asked for? Money? Power? For all his enemies to be defeated? No. Solomon didn’t ask for any of these. He asked God for wisdom. Listen to how the Bible describes it:

1 Kings 3:11-12. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 

Some people think being wise just means being smart. And some people think being wise means you are good at solving puzzles or making choices. But it means so much more. In the Bible, being wise means knowing how to live in a good relationship with God, and others, and even all of creation. It means knowing how to do what is best in different situations. It means you know what is most needed and most helpful for people.

In the New Testament it says that Jesus IS God’s wisdom. He is what is best for you and me and everyone. Trusting him is always the wisest thing to do. And Jesus showed us how to live a wise life. Jesus showed us what it means to be loved no matter what, and how to love others even when it seems foolish to do so.

Because of Jesus we can know how to be wise – love God and others.

With Jesus we can be wise showing others the love of God.


Check out Sovereign Grace Music’s “Walk With the Wise” album for kids. Make it part of your family’s musical rotation.  


Jesus, you taught us how to live in love for others. Help me to show God’s wisdom to others as I both care for them and help them to do what is right. Amen.

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