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The Wisdom of Solomon

God promised king David that his son would rule Israel, and God kept that promise through Solomon. Shortly after assuming the throne, Solomon prayed to God for the wisdom to rightly judge God’s people. Because Solomon did not ask for riches for himself but asked for the wisdom to serve God, he was granted great wisdom as well as the riches that he didn’t ask for. The wisdom of Solomon was legendary throughout the middle east. In 1 Kings 10, we find the story of how the queen of Sheba visited Solomon just to determine for herself if the stories of his wisdom were true.

English: The Gates of Paradise-Solomon

English: The Gates of Paradise-Solomon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is from Solomon that we have the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. At least sixteen times in the book of Proverbs, Solomon speaks about the benefits of the fear of the Lord. “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”, “fear of the Lord is the fountain of life”, and so on. In 1 Kings 11, we find that Solomon disobeys God by loving “many foreign women”. Because of his disobedience, the kingdom of Israel was removed from his house.

What happened to Solomon’s wisdom? What happened to “the fear of the Lord”? I believe what happened is the same thing that happens to us; the lust of the flesh and pride. I believe Solomon let his fame go to his head. He probably started thinking that the wisdom he had was his own rather than a gift from God. Because of his wealth, he felt he was entitled to the things of this world. He forgot that the wealth that he had was not his but God’s and was to be used for God’s purposes. Because of this, the kingdom was removed from him.

Is it any different for us? How much of God’s time, talent and treasure, which He has given to us to manage, are given back to Him and used for His glory? How much of God’s riches do we selfishly squander on our own pleasure incurring His displeasure? How long will He tolerate this before removing His Kingdom from us? Is Jesus your Lord? THINK ABOUT IT!


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