The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).

God’s wisdom is essential to Christian living.  It gives us the ability to discern right from wrong, to see things the way God sees them, and to make wise decisions.  We need His wisdom in our ministries, careers, relationships, and families.  We can gain God’s wisdom through Bible study, prayer, and by asking Him for it.  Let us look at King Solomon, who asked God for wisdom to govern His people, and it was granted (1 Kings 3:5-14).
King Solomon’s wisdom was demonstrated when two women came to him with a dispute. Both women had infant sons and lived in the same house. While they were sleeping, one of the mothers rolled over on her baby, and he died. She got up during the night, took the other woman’s baby boy, and replaced him with her son. When the other woman woke up, she saw that the child was dead but knew he was not her son. There were no witnesses to the incident. King Solomon listened to the women as they argued back and forth, both claiming to be the mother of the living child. The king called for a sword, and it was brought to him.

And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other   (1King 3:25).

The woman, who was the real mother, told the king to spare the child’s life and to give him to the other woman, who thought the baby should be divided.  The first women’s act of love showed the king that she was the mother, and he awarded her the child. 

Father, make us wise to discern right from wrong, to see from Your viewpoint, and to make good decisions that will bring glory to Christ.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.