What is Wisdom?

Let’s reflect on 1 Kings and Solomon and his reign. You might remember Solomon asked God for wisdom, and God was so please he made Solomon the wisest man the world has ever known. Yet, over time, in an effort to appease many by morphing his values so as not to offend or exclude, the King began to turn away from fully following God. He soon pursued every avenue he could think of to find acceptance, satisfaction and happiness, only to always arrive at dead end roads.

Solomon’s story reminds me of my own former secularized religion, being a lukewarm believer living for my own comfort (thus sinfully) rather than God’s purpose. I was a man with a foot on each side of the line dividing the faithful and the unfaithful, the righteous and the unrighteous.

I’m no Biblical scholar, but I believe 1 Kings teaches two important lessons: to turn away from God is to begin a slide into not only moral decline, but the end of true joy and happiness. Secondly, that even the wisest of us all will commit sin, not one is without the consequences of the Fall.

We may aspire to be without sin but we will sin, we have sin and we are sin, because we are imperfect beings living in a broken world. Friends, we can never turn away from God because it is only through Him that we can be redeemed from our sins. Live for God rather than you and your sins will become less in number and power of temptation, for you will desire the favor and pleasure of your Father.

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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