“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” - Proverbs 3:5-7
At the beginning of his reign as king, Solomon is presented with an amazing statement by God, “Ask what I shall give you.” Riches, fame and victory were not at the top of Solomon’s list. Rather, he asked, “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people” (2 Chronicles 1:10). God did bless Solomon with immense wealth, but that was as a reward for seeking wisdom and knowledge first.
There is a constant battle between wisdom and folly, goodness and evil, darkness and the light. Solomon knew this all too well as a son of David and as the anointed King of Israel. Solomon begins his wise sayings by encouraging the reader to seek wisdom and he explains the manifold benefits of seeking God’s wisdom. We should seek “To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding, to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the naive, to the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” He ends with the caution that only, “Fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:2-7). God’s wisdom is a gift freely given to us. The blessings that He has in store for us are innumerable if we will only seek after the Lord and the wisdom He freely gives to us.
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