Unfailing wisdom - Bible Studies for Life for October 22, 2017
Bible Studies for Life
October 22, 2017
1 Kings 3:3-14; 4:29-34
“Petunia,” written by Roger Duvoisin, is one of my favorite children’s books. Petunia is a “silly goose” who wanted to be wise. One day she found a book and remembered hearing that “one who owns books and loves them is wise.” She proudly tucked the book under her wing and carried it everywhere. Because she had a book, all the other animals thought her to be wise and began asking for advice. Thinking she was speaking wisdom, she gave all sorts of misguided advice that ended with an entire barnyard in disarray. When everything finally exploded (literally, she thought fireworks were candy), she realized she was not wise at all. In despair she noticed the book open on the ground and realized a book is no help if it is never read. What was true for Petunia is true for us. God’s wisdom is unfailing, but only when His Word is opened and read.
Solomon had a daunting task before him. He was a young king over the chosen people of Israel, “too many to be numbered or counted” (1 Kings 3:8, ESV). He pleaded with God, “Give your servant, therefore, an understanding … that I may discern between good and evil … for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9, ESV). He knew he could not carry wisdom under his “wing,” but he needed it in his heart and mind and only God could provide it. “God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure … like the sand on the seashore …” (1 Kings 4:29, ESV).
How was Solomon wise? One, he was worshipful. He was aware of God’s place in his life. Two, he was illuminated with God’s wisdom. Three, he was sensitive to God’s will and the needs of His people. Four, he was engaged with God and the lives of His people.
God gave Solomon not only wisdom but also more than was asked – riches and honor all the days of his life. Wisdom does not come from a degree; it comes from a relationship with God.
Petunia had it right, “He who owns books (the Bible) and loves (God) is wise.” Let’s not wait for the explosion; seek wisdom from God’s Word today!