So give your servant a discerning mind so he can make judicial decisions for your people and distinguish right from wrong. Otherwise no one is able to make judicial decisions for this great nation of yours.” — 1 Kgs 3:9 NET
Solomon wanted to rule wisely. He did not want to be a failure as a king. So he looked up into God’s face and said, “Thou hast made me king. The work is great, and I am but a little child. Give me wisdom to be a good king.” That was a noble choice.
There is a great responsibility in being a preacher. But the responsibility of being a carpenter, a shoemaker, or a plumber, is great too.
Hiram Golf was an old shoemaker, and he told the young minister that his shoemaking was just as religious a business as the preacher’s preaching. If he should mend the shoes poorly, and the boy should catch cold and have pneumonia, he would be responsible. “I cannot afford, as a child of God, with a hope of heaven, to put poor work into that job, for much depends upon it. I would not like to meet that boy up yonder and have him tell me he had died because I was not a faithful shoemaker.”
All work is sacred, and we need God’s help in the commonest occupations.