After King David had died his son Solomon was anointed to be the next King of Israel. What an overwhelming task that must have been for Solomon. David was such a strong leader and warrior, how could Solomon ever think of taking David's place? In addition to being King, Solomon was also given the blueprints to build the temple for the Lord. When Solomon came to the throne he made a wise decision, he sought the Lord. He gathered all of the leaders and elders and they offered sacrifices to the Lord. He worshipped God, consecrated his life and kingdom to God. That night as Solomon slept the Lord appeared to him and asked him what he desired. Solomon did not ask for gold, or for fame. He did not ask for greater conquest, he asked for wisdom. Solomon's request for wisdom showed a dependence upon God. He knew there was no way that he could lead this kingdom without God's help. In response to his request the Lord gave Solomon wisdom along with an understanding heart.
Life presents many challenges and obstacles that require wisdom from the Lord. The Bible says if any of you lacks wisdom ask of God, and He will grant wisdom liberally.(James 1:5)