When someone describes you to someone else, what do they normally say? Do they comment on your appearance, intelligence, athletic ability, humor, or kindness? How do these descriptions make you feel? No matter how people normally describe you, the way this passage describes Solomon should be something that we all desire to be said of us. Let’s look specifically at verses 29-34 from today’s reading.
29 God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. 30 In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite and the sons of Mahol—Heman, Calcol, and Darda. His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations. 32 He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs. 33 He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, small creatures, and fish. 34 And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. (ESV)
Let’s look at a few things that are important for us:
- God is the one who gives wisdom. Solomon’s wisdom and his expertise is described here, but God is the shown to be the source of his wisdom. Why did the wisdom of Solomon exceed everyone else? Because his wisdom came from God, not from schools of thought alone. The good news for us is that we have access to this same wisdom! James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (ESV) Are you asking God to help you grow in wisdom and understanding?
- He used his wisdom for the glory of God and the good of others. Verse 32 shows us that he uses his gift to write different proverbs and songs. We know that Solomon wrote proverbs that we now know of as the book of Proverbs, and he is attributed to have written Psalm 72 along with many other psalms that did not make it into our Bibles. He used the wisdom that God gave him to point others to God.
- He was a vast learner. This doesn’t seem really spiritual, but we should be people who are continuously fascinated by the intricateness of God and His creation. We should be people who are hungry for God’s Word, and are humble in admitting that we don’t know it all. We should use our hunger and thirst for God to lead us to a deeper understanding of the world.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice