“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 NIV
Wisdom is defined as “good judgment and an understanding of that which is true or good”. One of the wisest men in the Bible was Solomon. Solomon was King David’s son (remember David and Goliath?). When Solomon became King after David, God appeared to Solomon in a dream. God told Solomon to ask for anything and God would give it to him. Solomon didn’t ask for riches or a long life or any material things. Solomon asked for wisdom so that he could be a good king for God’s people.
Solomon used the wisdom that God gave him to make good and right judgements for the people. Solomon also shared his wisdom with us. In the Bible is the book of Proverbs. Proverbs are short wise sayings that give advice or truth for all of us to live by. Solomon wrote hundreds of proverbs! Like the verse above that tells us a truth so that we can live good lives. And that truth is that wisdom and understanding come from the Lord.
I want to share a few of my favorites, but I invite you to read Proverbs with your parents and pick out a few of your own.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3
These proverbs tell us that if we trust in the Lord totally and follow Him, and ask. He will give us wisdom and understanding. Also, that what we say to others makes a difference. If we are kind and gentle with our words, we are not only helping others, but we are being wise like Solomon. Finally, we are to keep love and God’s faithfulness with us always, in our hearts.
This week pick out a few of your favorite wise sayings, proverbs of Solomon. Your parents can help you. Choose one or two and draw a picture to illustrate it. Write the proverb at the top of the picture. When you put the proverb into action, you are being wise like Solomon!
Blessings and wisdom!