[PC-USA] 2017-09-09 - Wisdom

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Last week, we looked at Solomon's wisdom. 1 Kings 5:31 tells us that Solomon was "wiser than any other man." People came from all around, to listen to his wisdom. Yet Solomon did not listen to the wisdom of God. God had told Solomon that "if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your throne over Israel forever." (1 Kings 9:4-5). But God also said, "If you or our sons turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you, and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land." (1 Kings 9:6)

The wisest man on Earth knew what God expected of him. Surely, Solomon would listen to God's instructions. Yet Solomon disobeyed God. He married women that God had instructed him to avoid. He began worshipping other gods. 1 Kings 11:9 says, "The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice." The world's wisest man failed to listen to God. Solomon's kingdom soon faced adversaries who threatened his power.

Today, we know what God expects from us. James 3:13 says, "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." James explains that "the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." (James 3:17)

We also have the Holy Spirit to wisely guide us through life. We can live wisely, when we follow God's instructions and act to help others.

[email richard] Richard Moser, Jr
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