A Word To The Wise by James Merritt

A Word To The Wise
James Merritt
II Chronicles 1:7-10
Proverbs 2:1-7


1. You remember the story I'm sure of Aladdin and his magic lamp. Aladdin would rub the lamp, a genie would appear, and he could ask for anything that he wanted and the genie would say, "Your wish is my command," and he would grant him whatever he wished. Now we all know that is just a fantasy, it is just a fable.

2. But what if it really happened? If you came upon a magic lamp such as that with a real genie, what would you wish for? I heard about three men who were on a boat that shipwrecked and they wound up on an island out in the middle of the ocean. No way to get help, no way to get home, and they were walking that island depressed and dejected and right in the middle of the sand they kicked up a magic lamp. They could not believe their fortune. They rubbed the lamp and a genie came out and looked at those men and said, "I will give each of you one wish." Well the first man said, "I wish I was in Hawaii on the beach with my wife." Poof! He was gone. The second man said, "I wish I was back in my office in New York City." Poof! He was gone.

3. Well the genie looked at the third fellow and said, "What is your wish?" Well this man looked around so sadly and said, "It sure is lonely here all by myself, I wish my buddies were back here with me."

4. What if a situation like this really happened. What if an all-powerful being appeared to you who could do anything and said, "Your wish is my command." For what would you ask him?

5. That situation actually happened. Almighty God, Omni-present, Omniscient, Omnipotent, once made Solomon that very offer. "On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, "Ask! What shall I give you?" (II Chron. 1:7)

6. Well what did Solomon ask for? Did he ask for popularity that he might be famous? Did he ask for possessions that he might be rich? Did he ask for power that he might be influential? Well amazingly enough, all he asked for was wisdom. "Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?" (v.10) We know that Solomon went on to become the wisest man who ever lived.

7. God not only gave him wisdom, but he also gave him popularity, possessions, and power. "And God said to Solomon: "Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life--but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king--wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who have been before you, nor shall any after you have the like." (vv.11-12)

8. I could hardly believe when a church member came up to me this very week, and pulled me aside and said, "I just need to ask you one question. I am pray ...

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