From Pastor’s Desk:
When given a choice of anything he could receive from God, King Solomon chose wisdom. Doesn’t it stand to reason the king was inherently a wise man? It is doubtful that asking for wisdom would ever occur to those of average earthly wisdom, with fame and fortune being theirs for the asking.
Authorship of Psalm 119 is, by some, attributed to Ezra, the scribe, while others just admit they don’t know, and call the author anonymous. Whoever composed it, Solomon certainly falls within the parameters of adhering to the principle stated therein. Any person acting with Godly wisdom would most assuredly rejoice in following the statutes of Scripture. The fact that he chose wisdom over riches means that he knew what those statutes were. This same king wrote many proverbs that conjoined with Scripture.
Maybe Solomon knew that asking for wisdom would enable him to gain everything else, because he definitely did that. 1 Kings 10:23 records, “So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.”
The point? There are people in the world today that have both great fame and fortune. One thing that has been proven over and again is that money or fame does not bring happiness. Following the statutes of God, however, cannot fail to bring happiness.
Proper order of things received from God includes knowing what to ask for over anything else. If riches are given, there may not be enough wisdom to know how to use them. History is full of people who didn’t know how to manage their wealth and wound up destitute, as well as unhappy.
Proper order would suggest asking for something that would enable a person to gain, manage, facilitate, multiply, and sustain all else that is needed in life. There is nothing that can do that but knowing and adhering to the statutes of God!