The Pulse: What Do You Really Want?

“What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” If God asked you that question, how would you respond? In 1 Kings 3:5, we hear God present this very question to the young man who had recently ascended to the throne of Israel, King Solomon.

Solomon’s reply is just as famous as the man himself. He asked for an understanding heart and the ability to discern between right and wrong (1 Kings 3:6-9), and God responded: “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.” God gave Solomon wisdom, as well as many other blessings.

Solomon’s great wisdom did not result in error-free decisions or a life free of painful misfortune. Solomon struggled through life like everyone does, but his sharp insights into life have been recorded for us in the Book of Proverbs to…

  • teach people wisdom and discipline,
  • help them understand the insights of the wise,
  • teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
  • help them do what is right, just, and fair (Proverbs 1:1-5).

Who doesn’t want that kind of life? I don’t know how you would answer that question from the first paragraph, but I’m grateful we all have the opportunity to learn from Solomon’s wisdom. While we progress through this teaching series, consider reading a chapter each day from the Book of Proverbs to continue growing in wisdom.

Seeking wisdom with you,


Titus O’Bryant
Teaching & Executive Pastor of Ministries

P.S. Who could you send a link to this past weekend’s sermon and invite to sit with you in worship next Sunday?