07/20/15 – 207
Most of us are familiar with the story of the ‘wisest’ man that ever lived (except for Jesus, of course, but He had inside connections). Solomon was the son of King David. When he came to the throne of Israel, God came to him in a dream and told him to ask for whatever he wanted. He asked for wisdom so that he could rule the people well.
God was so pleased that Solomon had asked for this, He gave Solomon more wisdom than anyone could have imagined, but also gave him riches and other material things beyond compare. We don’t have the time to go into the story of Solomon in detail, but it’s interesting and sad to note that all that wisdom did nothing for anyone once he began letting other gods into His life and being disobedient to God. Many years later, the apostle James would write:
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Think about that. How does it feel to know that you have the same opportunity for wisdom as Solomon did? This seems like a guaranteed prayer as well, doesn’t it? He will give “generously” “without finding fault”!!!! In other words, your past won’t be held against you. Why? I think it’s because God wants us to be wise. Wisdom (lived out) leads us to be better people. Wisdom (lived out) leads us to Christ. But there’s another consideration.
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
That’s Solomon telling us that gaining wisdom must be a process, not a ‘magical’ endowment. Just as knowledge is built up over time, physical strength is built by increasing exercise over time, and spiritual maturity is developed by constant spiritual ‘exercise’ (learning about God and applying it to life), so must wisdom be.
Solomon destroyed his life when he drifted away from God and began using his great gift for himself. He also ruined the lives of many others. We hear of his great wealth, we don’t often hear that it was built by making his people basically a nation of slaves. We read about his first great love in Song of Songs, and then learn he had 1000 other women. How wise is that? Maybe the real lesson here is that when God gives us a gift, we should enjoy it, but we should remember where it came from and always, always use it to glorify Him – not for our own selfish reasons.
Let’s pray that God would give us that wisdom He has promised, that He would fill our lives with those who would give us wise advice and discipline, to help us grow and strengthen in our walk with Him.