Ask for wisdom – Part 2

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Proverb 16:16 “How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

The book of Proverbs defines wisdom as “an ability to discern good and evil or truth and error”. In other words it will help us to comprehend what is acceptable and unacceptable before God. Not only that it gives us   understanding about how God operates in this world but it also provides us with prudence to make the right choices. Consequently, when we lend our ears to wisdom we would eventually get to live a successful godly life in a secular world.

Solomon had this wonderful spirit of Wisdom upon him with which he was able to intelligently discern truth from error (1King 3:16-28). He was a gifted leader as he knew how to protect Israel from the surrounding world powers and also to direct the nation towards prosperity. His fame spread far and wide that even the Queen of Sheba came to meet him. But in the later part of his life he committed two great blunders that lead him to fall from grace.

Firstly, he rejected the written wisdom of God: Every king has to make a copy of the Torah (five books of Moses), to read and to follow it throughout his life in order to maintain the covenantal relationship with God (Deuteronomy 17:18, 19). So, for sure he knew the commands of God that he was not supposed to marry a foreign woman and to serve other gods which he failed to obey. Besides that he also built shrines and offered sacrifices to other gods (Deuteronomy 7:3, 4; 1King 11:2, 7). Secondly, he totally forgot the supernatural experiences he had with God and neglected his counsel. God appeared to him twice (1King 3:5; 9:2) and instructed him to walk before him blameless like his father David. Yet, he gave his ears to the counsel of his wives as it is written that “when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods” (1King 11:4). Interestingly, as long as Solomon was walking right before the Lord, the nation was at peace. The day he started living a life without God, God raised adversaries for Israel (Haddad -King11:14- 25). Also God divided the kingdom and gave it to his servant Jeroboam.

Therefore, friends, let’s not forget that our relationship with God determines our success and failures in life. Even after having the best of spiritual experiences in our life, we can still end up living disgracefully, if we aren’t observant to the written wisdom of God. If God has entrusted something to you to do, do it with all your heart. Most importantly don’t despise the written Word of God or the supernatural experience you have had with the Lord. Seek His Wisdom!

To read ASK FOR WISDOM PART 1 , click  here.

Jones Sukumar

Jones Sukumar D worked as an Information Management Leader in Hewlett Packard, he committed his life to serve the Lord leaving his profession behind. He is working at El-Bethel Endtime missions as a overseer- evangelism & missionary Training.He ministers in various churches and corporate fellowships and also teaches in the El-Bethel Bible College learning Centres .