Guideposts – September 17, 2017

Give…an understanding heart… —1 Kings 3:9 (nkjv)

Help!” I half-whispered as I got out of bed.

My son, Harrison, had started high school, and I knew all of the temptations and possibilities for poor decisions that lay ahead. How could I help him?
At the other end of the spectrum, our daughter Mary Katherine had just turned three and our youngest, Ella Grace, was one. Between diapers and fevers and toddler tantrums, my wife, Corinne, and I were often overwhelmed. Help! I thought again as I brushed my teeth.

My career was hitting its stride and business was great, but success came with more responsibility and longer hours. And I had recently said yes to chairing the board of a start-up school for some of the poorest children in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Am I in over my head?” I whispered as I hurriedly showered for church. “Help!”

We dropped off the girls in the nursery, and Harrison, Corinne, and I quickly slid into the pew. Our pastor was explaining, “Today, we’re going to talk about Solomon.” Next came the familiar story of how God appeared to Solomon in a dream, offering him the gift of his choice. Solomon, surprisingly, asks for wisdom rather than wealth or power.

I thought of my earlier pleas. In my distress, I’d forgotten where to go that would allow me to tackle life’s problems. The answer was and would always be God.

Church wasn’t yet finished, but already a calmness had settled over me. Whatever lay ahead, if I, like Solomon, looked to God for wisdom, help would be on its way.

Father, stay by me; give me wisdom.
—Brock Kidd

Digging Deeper: Proverbs 2:6, James 1:5


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