Solomon on Leadership: The Right Wish

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Solomon “wished” for the right thing. We should follow his example whenever we find ourselves placed in a position of trust, responsibility, and authority.

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, . . . I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart (1 Kings 3:10–12, NIV).

I remember as a child playing the game “Three Wishes.” We would all tell what we would wish for if a magic genie appeared and granted us anything we wanted. Of course, there would be wishes for lots of money or to be a hall-of-fame baseball player or have superpowers. I always thought I was so clever in asking for unlimited wishes.

Years ago, a young king of Israel asked for and received the greatest wish from God. He could have asked for long life or great wealth. Instead he asked for wisdom. Solomon asked for the understanding in his heart to know the right decisions for the best interests of the people. He wanted the wisdom of how to rule. Few things are more important to great leadership than wisdom.

Know this: wisdom is not knowledge. A lot of brilliant people have no wisdom at all. Wisdom is the ability to assimilate your knowledge to make decisions that are right, wise, and best for all concerned. God gives us the key to wisdom: willingness to listen to the Word of God and obey it. Solomon “wished” for the right thing. We should follow his example whenever we find ourselves placed in a position of trust, responsibility, and authority.

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