Solomon was the wisest of all kings on the earth. Yes, we can still read his quotes in scripture, and yet, in the end,he fell. How could this possibly happen? He had everything a man could want.
First we see from the scriptural account, that he was bestowed with wisdom, power and riches, because he was humble enough to ask, not for any material blessings. He asked for wisdom, to lead God’s people.
And because he had humbled himself before the Lord, he was given everything else. But our God, is the essence of all wisdom, and He knew that this bounty is what causes distraction from Him. In the end, the pagan wives, caused even the great and powerful, Solomon,to stumble.
Well, we can see this happen to people everywhere. God will give wisdom to those who ask. He tells us that “the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom. He is the source, so it would make sense, that without a proper fear of who He is, we cannot even begin to walk in true wisdom.
Oh yes, you may have many patting you on the back and telling you how great you are. How intelligent and wonderful are your accomplishments. But yet, this may not have anything at all to do with wisdom. “Wisdom,is not tied to intelligence or vast knowledge, but is directly related to the ‘fear of the Lord,” thus the wise are those who know God and obey His commands.” (NIV)
If anyone has read my posts, you know that one of my favorite Proverbs is; “The wicked man flees, though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) How true I have found this to be in life. Some wicked give away their hand, out of fear of being found out.Even though, they cannot hide from the Lord. He is not mocked. He is no respecter of persons. Yet, when we walk in righteousness, we are to confront the enemy. Engage and not retreat. We are bold. Why should we fear? What can man do to us? The Lord places this boldness in us, to bring men to repentance.
We are the ones that He chooses to use, to help those who are in darkness. They are deceived and are also leading others astray. “”He who leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap. But the blameless will receive a good inheritance.” Proverbs 28:10
At times it seems the whole world is corrupt and men of integrity are few. But those who continue to walk in His ways, will be honored. “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.” Proverbs 28:5
“By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes, tears it down.” Proverbs 29:4 Yes, it seems as if the playbook, which we had been given for life, has been neglected.
These proverbs were meant to be studied. We are to pray and ask our God to help us in our time of need. When people resort to lying, stealing, cheating, it is only a statement to God, that they do not place their trust in Him. And in the end, they have compromised their integrity and honor among men.
James tells us the key to attaining wisdom; “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
No, Solomon didn’t need labor unions or hundreds of managers to run his kingdom. It is really a very simple principle. He asked God for wisdom. And when you see that he had 12 managers, it’s truly amazing. Yet, there are more nuggets of wisdom imbedded in his plans. Study the building of his temple and the kingdom that he managed.
It is very interesting to note that Solomon had 12 district governors and each district had the responsibility of providing supplies for king Solomon for one month of the year. This sounds like the perfect plan. No one district’s resources would ever diminish and the kings royal household always had supplies. (1 Kings 4:7)
As you read further down you will see, “the people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy” Wow, what a difference it would make if our ‘kingdoms’ were run with the same wisdom.
But first we must remember, Solomon was not ego driven. He wasn’t driven by his own lust for power or riches. He was driven by his love for God and the people He placed within his care. This is why we must pray for Godly leadership.
You can also see that Solomon refused to take any of the Israelites as slave labor; “they were his fighting men, his government officials, his officers, his captains, and the commanders of his chariots and charioteers. They were also chief officials in charge of Solomon’s projects-550 officials supervising the men who did the work.” 1 Kings 9:20
This book is a pattern of true leadership. Leaders with the wisdom to lead. The compassion and grace to be empathetic. And the true desire to listen to God’s plans, rather than the plans of men. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but it leads to death.”
Now this is the only prayer which really matters, especially in these perilous times. “Lord, please give us wisdom!”