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Wise or Fool?
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandment, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
King Solomon was a very wise King and demonstrated great leadership skills. Solomon was a creative artist, king, judge, architect, science etc… He is known for his great wisdom and writings. Solomon accomplished great levels of understandings, which are evident in the books of Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and songs of Solomon. He even exceeded the great King David by building God’s Temple.
Personally, I struggle when I think through his life and see many other characteristics that don’t seem to be wise.
For example, he chose wives from foreign land, inviting many cultural issues that God warned all of Israel to avoid. We know the foreign nations served many gods. Out of love for his wives, Solomon built shrines to their gods and idols. He was so committed to these wives he disregarded the Word of God, and personally participated in the worship of those idols. Solomon’s dependence to these unhealthy relationships did not help him make good decisions, and led him to many detestable practices, even human sacrifice of children or infants in their worship. Solomon was willing to do virtually anything to maintain the relationship with the women and the new idols they were implementing.
For this disobedience, Solomon would be the last king to the unified Israel kingdom, heirs retained a small portion, but the kingdom was divided as God promised.
Sometimes we are surprised at the actions of leaders or even the disobedience that we endure. Like King Solomon, we can possess various levels of truth; however, we are not bullet proof from making poor decisions. And we shouldn’t be that surprise when people, are just being people.
Jesus Christ is the ultimate wisdom and righteousness that we ought to stand on. And when God Himself, comes down personally, and mention that He messed up; than we should be surprised, or worried. But until then expect even the wisest to make mistakes, and greatest to fall short. I was lead to right this because I’m dealing with a lot hurt people who can’t believe or except what they have done, and morbid in walks with the Lord. We are coming up on Easter, and we need a great reminder that Jesus Christ made us righteous by His stripes.
Even the wisest man on earth mentions, “And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:13)
Lacking wisdom? Ask God – Chaplain Juan Mendez serves full-time at the Colony of Mercy and is a Colony graduate. You can email him a firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: English cleric Herbert Lockyer put it well, “The Son of God became the Son of man that sons of men might become the sons of God”.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 ESV