Notice that wisdom is much more than the accumulation of experiences. It is
the knowledge of Yahweh’s righteous dominion to such a degree that one can apply
its principles to daily life. Specifically, it is used to govern the people, places, resources and time that are under one’s authority. Wisdom’s importance shines forth from the fact that it directs us to exercise authority in agreement with Yahweh’s righteous dominion over all creation; when we demonstrate wisdom, we act in accordance with Yahweh’s righteousness. Therefore we must know Yahweh, fear Him and submit to Him before we can receive wisdom.
We learn wisdom when we pay attention to Yahweh’s revelation of His righteous dominion and recognize its personal application with a submissive heart.
Since it is revealed instruction rather than personal discovery, there is much emphasis in the Bible on paying attention to Yahweh’s revelation and complete submission to His precepts. When we apply them over the course of our lives, we expect to find blessing and prosperity because we are acting in accordance with Yahweh’s righteousness and His desire to bless His people.
In today’s reading, Solomon recognizes his need for wisdom to govern Israel, and Yahweh gives it to him in abundance. It is impressive in these first chapters of 2 Chronicles that Solomon applies wisdom first of all to the construction of the temple. That is, wisdom’s purpose goes beyond the desire to govern well – it
governs in order to direct others to worship Yahweh, the exalted and glorious God.