Readings for the Week of August 17

Psalm 111I Kings 3:3-15Ephesians 5:15-20John 6:51-58

When King David died, Solomon, his son with Bathsheba was named the new king over Israel. It is an example of God's irony that a child born from one of David's most egregious sins became king. Even more, Solomon became known as the wisest person who ever lived.

Solomon's wisdom did not come from his education, or from growing up in the royal courts of David, or from libraries but from God himself. When given the opportunity to receive anything he desired from God he asked for wisdom. God rewarded his wise request with all of those things one would expect him to ask for. 

Solomon asked for wisdom. It is critical that we remember this. God's wisdom doesn't come from TED talks, or the latest books, or pricey schools. All of these things may be the channel God's wisdom flows through. But, God's wisdom comes when we ask him for it.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. - James 1:5 NIV

Our reading this week from Ephesians is a reminder to Christians to live as wise people. To be educated his good. To be wise is better. To have information is useful. To be wise is better. To have wealth and opportunity is great but to have the wisdom from God is better. It is best to be wise with a little, than foolish and rich.

The world is in desperate need of wisdom. Maybe God's people can ask for it and bless the world and one another with it.

Here is the prayer for the week:

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of this redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Paul Hill