On Sunday at MHBC, we looked at the story of King Solomon, who, when offered anything God could give, chose to ask for wisdom. He could have asked for more money, more power, the protection of His family. Instead, as a new King facing a daunting task before Him, He chose to ask God to make him wise. I remember being very young when I heard this story and thinking “I would asked for money…” Something in me saw wisdom as a lame request. I didn’t see the value in it then. I sure do now!!! We need wisdom every day to make good choices.Solomon knew that.
The Bible then tells us that God was so pleased with Solomon’s request that God told him that He would also give Him wealth, prosperity, a strong Kingdom, and a long life. And indeed, Solomon is remembered as a good King. Under His leadership, the Temple to worship God was finally built. The nation prospered. He was revered for His wisdom.
I would love to say that is the end of Solomon’s story: Asked for wisdom. Good King. All Good.
But… sadly, things take a turn. It says:
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women…As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord… He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord…
The Lord became angry with Solomon…So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees… I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. (From 1 Kings 11).
One way to gain wisdom is to surround yourself with wise people. It seems that at the end of His life, Solomon did the opposite. He allowed Himself to be influenced by people that did not follow the true God, people without the gift of godly wisdom.
I hope we can see both inspiration and a call for caution in Solomon’s story. Let us be inspired to pray for wisdom and to ask God to show us His ways in all things, as Solomon did. And let us be cautious. Even the wisest among us can make bad choices when we take advice from those that do not have God’s wisdom. If advice you are receiving from someone (even if they are a Christian) will in any way hinder your relationship with God, turn your family to more focus on other things or lead you into a path that God’s word tells us to avoid, it is not advice you should take. Instead, seek wisdom from those who are also eager to seek God’s purposes. Let God’s wisdom guide your paths.