Beginning of Wisdom

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 1 Kings 4:29-30

These two sentences sums up Solomon’s wisdom. The rest are in the details of the accounts of wisdom. Even in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes we see the wisdom that came out in writing. Of course he had the very best teaching that the world could offer, but many learned and scholarly men are not wise. Knowledge itself doesn’t bring wisdom. Having a high IQ does not give a person wisdom. We see very clearly in life today that having a lot of money and fame and beauty does not bring about wisdom. Even those who are considered wise in the things of the world may not have a Biblical view of right and wrong.

Solomon states that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). That’s our starting point, and a good one at that. Meditate on this phrase throughout the day and let it permeate your soul.

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