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Seeking Wisdom – A Work Completed

March 30, 2016

So, God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. Solomon composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1005 songs.(1 Kings 4:22) He built the Temple and his magnificent palace, and all the people, even the Queen of Sheba, listened to his words and gave him gifts.

But Solomon disobeyed the Lord. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines and in fact they did turn his heart from the Lord. (1 Kings 11: 3) In his old age they turned his heart to other gods and he was unfaithful to the Lord, his God. The Lord became angry with him, taking his kingdom from his sons. Real wisdom demands a true heart.

Wisdom is not intelligence. IQ does not make us wise, but when a heart is honest and true, wisdom will settle there. Wisdom is not based on education, for many educated people speak utter foolishness. Nor is wisdom intuition, for circumstances have a way of making fools of us all. Solomon said wisdom is fear of the Lord, and he mixes wisdom with discipline. (Proverbs 1: 7) Those who do not seek wisdom are foolish, deserving the name of fool.

Later Jesus explained wisdom to mean loving the Lord, putting Him into our hearts and leaving Him there to guide us. It’s all amazing. Despite our foolishness, God loves us and wants us to cherish him and have a good life.

I thank the readers who have followed this blog, taking a journey to discover the meaning of wisdom. We have examined verses from each of the 31 chapters of Proverbs, but there are many unexamined verses we leave. On our way to heaven, we have power using wisdom to make our lives a blessing and to make the world a safe and better place. Let’s go for it!

It is written in Ecclesiastes 7:6. “Finishing is better than starting.” I’m not sure about that, for I have enjoyed the task I set myself. A work completed brings joy. I take a brief leave, but will return shortly with a new topic under the heading Pat’s Patches. 

 

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