“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong…” — 1 Kings 3:9
Hypothetically, if you could have one desire fulfilled, what would it be? To be a world champion? To be in the Hall of Fame? To be viewed as having “made it”? King Solomon, the son of the great King David, was asked this very question by God. Solomon’s answer came as a surprise, but also unveiled the deep longing of our being. He asked for a wise and understanding heart — the ability to discern between right and wrong, good and evil.
This language takes us back to the beginning of our Bibles in Genesis. Adam and Eve were tested to trust in God’s definition of good and evil. “Good” was to enjoy and partake in the beauty and cultivation of the Garden. It was to rest in a relationship with Him. However, the mysterious talking snake appeared, dripping poison from his misleading whispers. He tempted the first humans to see the opportunity to become gods in their own way, desiring to define good and evil on their terms, without regard to God’s loving command.
The result brought shame and death into the world and revealed a profound truth. The truth King Solomon asked for and the truth Adam and Eve failed to understand — the deepest desire of our hearts — is the longing to trust in Someone who cares deeply and teaches us what is good from the bad.
Like a good parent, God is actively guiding His children. However, our greatest task is to trust, which is the beginning of wisdom.
— Tyler Keele, Tennessee Smokies chaplain
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