“The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction
in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth, Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain
to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. “
– Proverbs 1:1-7
We had an awesome message today from Hope. Pastor John discussed the topic of wisdom and pointed to Solomon. King Solomon, not only the richest man to have ever lived, but also the wisest, was so due to his ASK to the Lord. God had come to Solomon and told Solomon he would bless him with whatever he asked for, thus Solomon asked for wisdom above all other things.
As we get into the first chapter of Proverbs, written almost entirely by King Solomon, we gain a picture as to the purpose and need for wisdom.
For Solomon, even after all the ups and downs, and riches and wisdom, and mistakes, and power and freedom, and reign, beyond all of that … knew that wisdom was everything… The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
You have to want wisdom. It is not bestowed upon us. We are not born with it’s gift, and can take years to acquire. You absolutely have to want wisdom. And once you want wisdom, you have to ask for it. Solomon had everything, yet he needed wisdom. He told God he was like a young child who did not know which way to go. He ASKED God for wisdom. God honored that wish and then added so much more unto Solomon because of his humble request, but how about us?
A few points from today were the following: (in regards to wanting wisdom)
Walk – We must always be walking towards the Lord, whether we feel like it or not. Get to the meeting, go to the service, get up each day and walk towards God.
Word – We must be engaged in God’s Word always. Seek His Word in everyday life. If you cannot read then listen, if you cannot listen then watch video, regardless, a constant and continued feeding on scripture is a necessary step to walking toward God and wanting wisdom.
Whispers – wanting wisdom will mean listening to the whisper of the Holy Spirit. Are your ears open to receiving? Are you attentive to His quiet and soft whisper?
Wise People – Are you seeking the counsel and input of wise people? Who do you talk to ? Are they walking in long time spiritual maturity or are they lost and unsteady? The wise counsel of others is an essential part of wanting wisdom… and gaining it from those around us.
Wisdom Rewards –
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
She is ca tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.
Father, help us each to “want wisdom” and ask you for it. Help us to slow down long enough to avoid rushing on with our own decisions, but to wait, pray, walk toward you, listen for your Word and whispers, and seek wise people in our lives. Lord, help us to reach out to those younger in years that we may save them the massive toil that we have caused ourselves from impatience and acting on our own. May we heed the words of King Solomon Lord and have your WORD engraved into our hearts and mind. Father, we want wisdom through you and Your Will be done in our lives.