No Genie Needed
"Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.” 2 Chronicles 1:10-12
I remember standing around at recess and sitting around the lunch table, talking about some pretty dumb things. We fantasized about being the next Michael Jordan or Larry Nance. We dreamed of throwing the winning pass in the Super Bowl and hitting the winning shot in the NBA finals. We talked about how we would grow up into someone important and would have a big house with a nice, fast car and travel to places we could only dream of. We did not study or train to put feet to these dreams, but the dreams were still in our heads and we had great aspirations. We would often talk about these things and every once in a while we would have someone pose a question to us that would take our daydreaming to another level.
One of those questions was, "If a genie were here, what three things you would ask for?" My friend always chimed in that he would ask for 100 hundred wishes a day which brought out the boo-birds among us as we mocked him for saying this. Although we were dreaming, there were rules in this dreaming and he was breaking the rules by asking for something that was not permitted. I remember some of the the answers to these questions and some asked to be tall, strong or fast, and a lot of us wished to have a million dollars, which was a lot of money in the 80s. Some asked for long life and others asked that they would be able to dunk a basketball. Well, I have dunked a basketball, but the rim was not at regulation height so it was not exactly what I had wished for. We attended a Christian school and most of us attended a good church, but none of us asked for things that would mean anything beyond this present world. Our minds and thoughts were on the ever-fleeting things of life and not the things that would far surpass this ever-decaying earth.
I wish I would have asked for things that are godly such as: holiness, knowledge, or wisdom, but I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy or Phoenix Sun so badly. I did not think of spiritual things, but the fact of the matter is that I did not need a genie to obtain those items in my life. I still do not need to wish upon a genie who does not exist, but I have Heavenly Father in whom I can ask for these things that He desires that I have in my life. James 1:5 states, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not (without reproach) ; and it shall be given him." We can have the wisdom we lack by asking God for it and seeking it in His word, and I have never meant anyone who did not need to ask for wisdom. I read in Proverbs how wisdom and understand cry out to us. If only we will turn our ear and our heart to hearing and applying godly instruction to our life.
Solomon did not ask God for riches or honor, but he asked for wisdom that he might rule over the great people that God had given Him leadership over. He desired to do the right thing and be the ruler God had called him to be. Proverbs 29:2 states, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." His desire was to be a righteous ruler and God blessed Him because of His request as he did not ask for long life or riches. There was no ruler like Solomon as he surpassed everyone in wisdom, honor and riches. God blessed Him beyond measure and gave him peace throughout the kingdom. May we not daydream about hitting the lottery and the things we would do with the money, but may we ask of God the wisdom we so desperately need.
Do you ask to win the lottery or do you ask God for wisdom? Do you realize that there is far more value in God's wisdom than there is in winning the lottery? Money has wings and flies away, but the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of God brings eternal value that far surpasses what this world could offer. Will you ask Him for wisdom? Will you open your Bible and ask Him to speak to you? May we not daydream about the riches of this world, but we may ask for the riches of godly wisdom. May we not search for the genie, but may we seek our God and ask Him to give that which He gives liberally to all that ask Him.
Stay in the fight!