2017-09-02 - Solomon's Wisdom for Us
1 Kings 4:29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the shore.
Solomon was the wisest man in the world. His wisdom was so famous that men from around the world came to hear him speak. When God had asked Solomon what he most desired from Him, Solomon asked for wisdom. God had fulfilled His promise, and Solomon was blessed with understanding and wisdom.
Solomon frequently spoke in proverbs, which can be translated from Hebrew as "taunts, oracles, or parables." The Hebrew meaning is best understood as statements that express truths about human behavior. The Book of Kings tells us that Solomon spoke over three thousand proverbs. We now have many of them in the Book of Proverbs. As Proverbs 1:1 says, proverbs are "for attaining wisdom and discipline for understanding words of insight, for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair."
In our society, there are many people who claim to have wisdom and knowledge. They claim to know the right ways for us to live. How can we know if what they are saying is true? As Christians, we have the Bible as God's gift to us to teach us what is right and wrong. The Book of Proverbs is full of practical advice on living. Much of it contains the wise sayings of the smartest man in the world. It is up to us to take the time to read and learn, in order to know how to live as God's children in this world.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted