2 Chronicles 1:7-13
“Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of yours?” – (1 Chronicles 1:10, NRSV)
Sometimes, when I am called as pastor to do a difficult thing, I wonder how I can possibly make a positive difference for the people involved. Sometimes I sit in my car for a bit after I have arrived at the home of a grieving family. What can I possibly say to them to ease their pain? My prayer at these times is simply, “Give me your words, God.”
Solomon had the daunting task of leading a nation and following his father’s footsteps. Not an easy task. Though Solomon had a few personal issues, he did well in leading Israel in a time of prosperity. He knew he would need help from a source much greater than either himself. He went to God asking not for riches or power or ease but for wisdom. For the right words. For clarity. For reason.
On the cusp of this coming new year, we need wisdom. In the coming year, we will be deciding a new president of the United States. We may have graduating seniors or a decision about living arrangements for ourselves or a loved one. We may have business decisions to make. Let our prayers be not for greater gain for ourselves but for wisdom, the kind that can come only from God.
God of Holy Wisdom, write your words upon our hearts so when wisdom is sought, it can be found in us. Amen.
– The Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock, Zion United Church of Christ, Rulo, and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Falls City