Wisdom was a very important matter to those living during the time of Solomon. In fact, the Bible recognizes the wise men of Israel’s neighbor, especially those in Egypt, as well as Babylon and Phoenicia, Arabia and Edom. The Old Testament also refers to Gentile “sages” with a certain degree of respect - although it does not mention the Gentile priests and prophets.
It’s important for us to remember that there were many during those days that were very intelligent even though they did not speak as one having a “special revelation” from God. Individuals throughout the ages, even today can think, speak and write wisely within many different fields of knowledge and yet not speak on behalf of God. It is this simple, significant fact that makes The Proverbs of Solomon different. Solomon spoke on behalf of God, the truth of God, to guide the people of God into “paths of righteousness for His sake.” Then as now, following the teachings and instructions of Solomon, God's children have God's “filter” to see God’s world through God’s eyes.
We often talk about “hindsight” and “foresight” but God’s Word gives us insight for the way we are to live. We may have wisdom from various sources, but wisdom that comes from God enables us to live victoriously and let the world see and understand the value of submitting to His teachings. We are, of all people, most blest!
But one thing more: We, as the children of God, have access to the power of God, to live lives that are pleasing to God, through the strength and power of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we know, understand, accept and live Your Words of Wisdom every day we live! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: