DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but foolsdespise wisdom and instruction.
King Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. He was rich with wisdom and understanding. Not with the wisdom of this world, but with Godly knowledge. Solomon was the son of David, he succeeded aged David as King of Israel.
During Solomon’s reign, The Lord appeared to him in a dream by night and said to him to, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon’s reply in 1 Kings 3: 6-9 was, “Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
Solomon’s request pleased the Lord, for he could have asked for what many of us today would have asked for like wealth, riches and good health. God gave him wisdom, great insight and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand of the seashore. He was also given riches and honor that equaled to no other King.
The Bible tells us if we lack wisdom, we should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault. We see Solomon as an example of asking for wisdom and it being granted him. Because of His great knowledge in every area of life, his fame had spread to all surrounding nations. He spoke 3000 proverbs and his songs numbered 1005. He wrote most of the Book of Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes and some of the Psalms. What a great man Solomon was. Men of all nations came to hear him teach about plant life, animals and birds, reptiles and fish. He was also visited by the Queen of Sheba.
When God puts us in a position to lead, we must execute the task with all knowledge, never leaning on our own understanding. Solomon was very wise in his ruling over the ownership of a baby by two prostitutes. He said to them, “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other. The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the King, Please my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him. But the other said, neither I nor you should have him, cut him in two. Then the King give his ruling: give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” (1 Kings 3: 24-27) What great wisdom. There is a saying that a fool flatters himself, but a wise man flatters a fool.
Wisdom is only effective when it is put into action. We cannot claim that we have all the wisdom like Solomon and do nothing with it. Wisdom is the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting. Solomon was successful in all his wisdom. He built God’s temple in Jerusalem, he established a strong army and he was the richest King of Israel.
But, even though he was a wise leader, he was not without fault. He had many weaknesses. He married many pagan women and he allowed them to jeopardize his relationship with God. He also excessively taxed his people and drafted them into labor and military force.
When we disobey God, our relationship with Him is hampered. We are bound to fail if we do not quickly repent of our sins. Solomon’s wives were from nations which the Lord had told the Israelites not to intermarry with them for they will turn their hearts after their gods. But love and emotion got the most of Solomon, he disobeyed God and his wives led him astray. That was one of his downfalls.
We have seen that even the best of us is not perfect. There is some weakness, some area within us that the devil capitalizes on. We must find that weakness and work on it with God’s help. Solomon ruled for 40 years in all his wisdom and splendor. I encourage us to do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with us.
We are instructed in Proverbs 3:7 not to be impressed with our own wisdom, but to fear the Lord and turn our back on evil. We need the wisdom of God to get us through our everyday situations. If we lack wisdom, we are to ask of God, and He will grant us the desire of our heart. Let us use our wisdom to rule wisely, let us use our wisdom to be obedient to God and let us use our wisdom to reverence God. For God honors us when we are obedient and faithful to His Word. Amen.