“Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.” 1 Kings 3:9-10, 12
I love this passage in the Old Testament where Solomon asked God for wisdom. His request pleased God and therefore, God saw fit to grant the request. Reading that prayer over the years has prompted me to begin this same prayer for my children as they grow up.
One of my deep desires for my children is that they would be able to discern between good and bad. We live in a world where right and wrong are defined in most cases by individuals and not by a real source of truth and authority such as the Bible. The common thread of thinking in our society today is that there is no standard of right and wrong other than each individual’s opinion.
As Christians, our standard for right and wrong should be the Bible. However, that idea is not as common as one may think in Christian circles. Research tells us that less than 10% of all believers have a Biblical worldview.
Our children need to know God’s truth is the standard by which we live and make decisions. Jesus said in John 8:32 that if “you know the truth, the truth shall make you free.” I desire for my children to know the truth so that they can be free from the lies that this world will send their way. In other words, they will be able to discern good from evil and be more likely to allow God to direct them towards His best for their life.
Parents, we need to begin praying and asking God to give our children a “wise and discerning heart” just as God did for Solomon. We all want the best things in life for our children. A wise and discerning heart would be an incredible gift for our children to have and use to guide them through life. Stop and think of all the possible hurt that our children could avoid with such a heart. Also, consider the blessing that one day they could be to their children with such a heart.
I want this kind of heart for my children so that it can be said of them, like Solomon, that “there has never been anyone like them, nor will there ever be.”