He could have asked for anything – riches, wealth, honor, victory over his enemies, or long life, but he asked for wisdom to govern the nation of Israel effectively. God not only gave Solomon the wisdom he requested, but riches and honor beyond that which was enjoyed by his predecessors or successors (2 Chron. 1:7-12). Wisdom and knowledge are compatible, but they are not necessarily identical. Knowledge is needed to pass an examination in school, but wisdom is needed to pass the test in life. Knowledge comes by looking around; wisdom comes by looking up. Knowledge comes by study; wisdom is obtained by meditation upon the inspired word. Wisdom teaches a person how to properly apply the knowledge he obtains. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God…” (James 1:5). Have you prayed that God would grant you wisdom? Do you regularly and studiously consult God’s book of wisdom, the Bible?