Solomon was most famous for his wisdom. In 1 Kings 3:3-15 Solomon made a thousand sacrifices to the Lord, and God later appeared to him in a dream asking what Solomon wanted from God. Solomon asked for wisdom. Pleased, God personally answered Solomon’s prayer, promising him great wisdom because he did not ask for self-serving rewards like long life or the death of his enemies. Solomon is now known as the wisest person that ever lived.
Perhaps the best-known story of his wisdom is the Judgment of Solomon (1 Kings 3:16-28) where two women each lay claim to be the mother of the same child. Solomon efficiently resolved the dispute by commanding the child to be cut in half; the true mother gave up the child, thereby allowing Solomon to identify her.
The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (Prov 4:7)
Wisdom, according to Solomon, is worth everything.
In a world that is full of “wisdom” let us be clear about what wisdom is NOT:
- Cute sayings (wisdom quotes) we pass around and see on social media. Anyone can quote nowadays.
- Self-help books and life journeys that seem to show the way. Whatever “number of steps to…”
- Guru’s, personalities we follow, celebrities and their sayings
- Common knowledge or public agreement
Many are good sayings, but unless there are sound, strong biblical principles behind them, they are just human wisdom of this world, and not God’s wisdom. Many books are helpful, but unless they deal with spiritual issues as well, they are just human knowledge. Public knowledge is just a whole lot of people agreeing on the same thing, but it is not wisdom.
Wisdom is most often translated from the Hebrew word chakam (khaw-kam).
The original word encompasses the thoughts of wisdom, prudence, skillfulness, shrewdness, level-headedness etc. It implies that from knowledge, experience, insight and judgment comes wisdom. It is to be wise in mind, word and action.
- Wisdom is when you take all that you know, have learned and experienced and with God’s help apply them to life in a wise way — the application of knowledge.
- Best summarised as an intelligent attitude to the experiences of life.
Proverbs has many references to ‘chakam’; the following passage explains how those that have ‘chakam,’ wisdom can walk with confidence in life. (Prov 2:2-11)NLT
Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.
Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.
Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD,and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the LORD grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
Wisdom is, therefore, to be desired and is to be based on the word of God.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom” (Proverbs 4:7)
Job had this to say about the word: “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” (Job 23:12)
- He based his life on the word of God; it was his starting point
- He valued truth as the source of life-giving bread and the source of spiritual nourishment.
It seems that to Job and Solomon, it is essential to GET wisdom. The wisdom we need most cannot be acquired through science, philosophy, or the arts. True wisdom comes from God, by revelation.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God” (James 1:5).
Father, I want to be wise since wisdom brings with it the gift of knowledge, common sense, confidence, integrity and protection. Thank you that your Word says that we can ask for wisdom and that You provide it generously without finding fault. Thank You for being my source of wisdom. Lord build a desire in my heart to get wisdom, may it become a passion and hunger in my life that I will not rest unless I receive Your wisdom to guide the path of my life.