Friday, May 31, 2013

1 Kings 10:23-25

"So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.
And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year."
1 Kings 10:23-25

I was reading this, and before this verse, both in the 2 Chronicles version and in this version, it talks about how rich Solomon was... the Queen of Sheba gave him such and such, and he had these cool trees, and his throne was ivory, etc.  So many riches.  And then it gets to these verses, and after this it jumps back into how rich he was... silver and horses, etc.  But my mind was still here... people sought him out for his wisdom, they gave him everything to hear his wisdom.  So, even though he was surpassingly rich and surpassingly wise, the wisdom seems to me to be the more important and more valuable part.  And the cool thing is that it was a gift from God.  We might not be able to be as wise as Solomon, but wisdom is something that God specifically offers to us (James 1:5).  Today, let's remember the value of wisdom, and remember its source.  And if we don't have it in sufficient abundance, let's get down on our knees and ask God to bless us with some, in order to make the important decisions that we need to make in our lives.

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