Week 30: 1 Kings 3

The Wisdom of Solomon

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Kiddo Activity

What is Wisdom?

If you read this week’s story yet or watched our video of the week with THE KING SOLOMON, you will know he was a very wise King. Unlike Mrs. Wieneke and some of her friends who would ask for things of the world, King Solomon asked for wisdom and God was very pleased with his request. For this week’s activity, I have three different objects in your bag, which will help you learn the difference between knowledge (having facts, knowing answers, etc.) and wisdom (using that knowledge in ways that are pleasing to God and helpful to others). A huge thanks to all my friends at home that helped us with this week’s video. YOU ARE AWESOME!

Parents, you can do all three of the these together, or you can break them up over the week too.

Rock: Pull out your rock.
Go to your sink and try to soak up some water with your rock. Any luck? Try again. Really soak your rock in some water and let the water run over your rock. Still no luck? You’re right! The rock is hard and doesn’t have the ability to “soak anything in”. The rock reminds me of the hardened heart that is talked about at times in the Bible. We want to be like Solomon and ask for wisdom but at times in our lives we might feel we know it all or aren’t open to reading and listening to what God’s Word says because it’s hard at times to do what God commands. If you can’t tell already, this activity is going to say “Don’t be like the rock”.

M&M’s: Pull our your candy next.

I have a few questions to ask you first:

  • Who can tell me what these candies are called? (Should be an easy question to start with). ☺
  • What colors do M&M’s come in?
  • What kind of candy is inside the shells?
  • What other kinds of M&M flavors are there besides plain chocolate?

What you just showed me by answering those questions is your “Knowledge” of M&M”s, kind of like the “Facts” of M&M’s. Knowledge isn’t the same as wisdom though. I’m going to ask you a few other questions:

  • Can you eat M&M’s at every meal?
  • Should you just eat this package of M&M’s for dinner tonight?
  • Why would you just want to eat candy all day, all the time? Some of the kids in our videos even asked for candy! My kind of kids. ☺

These questions asked you to look beyond just the facts and were questions to help you make wise choices. Although eating candy all the time might sound fun, you can’t do I because it’s not good for you and would make you unhealthy. The wiser you are, the more good choices you will make. God is our source of all wisdom and when we seek his wisdom in making decision, he will never lead us in the wrong direction.

Ending with the SPONGE!
I want you to go back to the sink and try the same thing you did with the rock. Soak the sponge in the water, let water run over it, etc. What happened this time? You’re right! The sponge soaked in all the water. WOW! SO much better than the rock, right?

Well…that’s the first step. Soaking in all the water in your sponge is like soaking in all the facts and knowledge you’ve learned from God’s Word. You learn new Bible stories and ways to grow every week with “St. Matthew in the Word”. But learning isn’t enough; it’s the next step. What do you do with what you’ve learned.

Many people (like Mrs. Wieneke) can say the 10 commandments. I know one of the commandments is “Do not covet” (that means really really wanting what someone else has…like the big, green, jealousy creature we made weeks ago). That’s my knowledge of the 10 commandments. Wisdom would be me having the opportunity to covet (i.e. wish I had someone else’s house, or car, or toys, etc.) and choosing not to do it. Choosing to thank God for all I have instead.

Squeeze your sponge now and let the water come out. When we are pressured (squeezed) with choices in life, the knowledge within us (God’s Word, our parents helping us learn what is right and wrong, etc.) will help us make wise choices. When we fill our heart (our sponges) with the things of God, when pressure comes (squeeze again) you can spill out the good things of God into your life and other lives too.

Pray this week for God to help you use the knowledge you have from God’s Word to be wise in your choices this week!

Youth Activity

If you seek the things of God, He will richly bless you more than you ever thought possible.

  • What do you need to ask God for right now?
  • Do you trust God to provide you with the things you need, and to answer the things you ask Him for?
  • Make a list of things you desire for your life. Look over your list, think about them, and pray about them. We are called to pray boldly, so we should feel free to!

Devotions

Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.

 

Wise Wishes

By Aidan Hunt

I have no clue if any of my birthday wishes have come true. Honestly, I can’t remember what I’ve wished for every year.

For the bulk of my adolescent years, I’m sure I wished for physical, monetary things as I annually sprayed the birthday candles and their frosting-covered foundation with peak childish effort and saliva (side-note: this tradition is totally dead after COVID, right?). As I got older, I began wishing for things more suited to growing into the man I was becoming: discipline to learn, motivation and determination to achieve a goal, and understanding of what God was calling me to were probably wishes I made in recent years.

Whether or not we believe in the power of wishful thinking, we know the power of prayer as followers of Jesus. Prayer, however, is so much more than wishful thinking; it’s our time of communion and intimacy with God. We don’t just bring our wishes to Him (although we are encouraged to pray boldly), but also our pain, sorrow, celebration, and questions into that holy space.

When God appears to Solomon in a dream one night, He tells the new King of Israel, “‘Ask what I shall give you’” (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon loved God and knew Him so intimately that their time together was the driving force behind Solomon’s rule and reign. It was everything. So when God asks Solomon what he wants God to give him, Solomon has a guarantee from God that he will receive what he asks for. Solomon understands the weight of God is asking him, and his relationship with the Lord leads him immediately to praise and gratitude.

“‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day’” (3v6).

Solomon, who we speculate was in his early-twenties at this time, is quick to show thankfulness for what God has already done in his life. Now, as a young king inheriting the throne of his father David, the greatest king Israel had seen at this point, Solomon asks God to give him what he needs to rule well and in a way that glorifies God.

“‘Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?’

It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you’” (3v9-12).

Solomon’s desire was to rule God’s people well and he knew in order to do that, he needed the kind of wisdom only God could give him. In our current cultural moment, are we seeking wisdom from God or from something else? Are we leaning on God’s understanding or our own? Do we use scripture to interpret the world around us, or do we make our own judgements and choose to use scripture to justify them? We need the wisdom of God, first and foremost. We don’t start with our thoughts and go to the Bible for reassurance; we start with the Bible and let it form our understanding of the world.

We must always remember that our sociology should not interpret our theology, but that our theology interprets our sociology. We seek the wisdom of God through reflection and meditation on His word, prayer and communion with Him, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. If we would like to think we’d ask for something from God on the same level as Solomon, we need to reflect the humble heart behind it as well.

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