Not the Wisdom of Men – What happened to Wise Solomon?

1621052871410821 Cor. 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (KJV)

**Don’t have faith in men’s wisdom, but do put your faith in God’s power. Or remember that man is a creation of God, and any intelligence we have is from God, but mankind with all it’s wisdom and learning knows only a small part of what God knows. Remember with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) and with man many things are not possible.

Read 1Kings 3:1-28  Solomon asks for wisdom, and God rewards him with more than he asked for, and Solomon uses the wisdom God gave him to settle a dispute between two women over a baby. 

Read 1Kings 11:1-13  Solomon turns away from God

King Solomon is generally considered one of the wisest men in history…whenever someone considers that the book of Proverbs is credited to him it is really hard to understand that a person who had the wisdom of God given to them would ever turn away from God.  Yet, he did.  So then the question becomes, why? Why did he turn away from God?  Here is a Proverb that even warns us from the very thing that took Solomon away from God….Proverbs 4:23  Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life.

Solomon took to himself many foreign wives, and he allowed these women to bring into his house their own foreign “gods of wood and stone”.  I wonder exactly when Solomon wrote Proverbs 4:23…if we go by the number, then you would expect he wrote it early on in his reign, but if that is so then he certainly failed to follow his own advice, didn’t he?

Then we have Proverbs 4:24  Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  According to the dictionary perversity is the deliberate desire to behave in a way that is obstinate or contrary to what is considered acceptable. Solomon certainly did this when he was dealing with God in his later years.  It made God angry when he went to chastise Solomon for his behavior and Solomon basically told God that he didn’t care.  Solomon should have been listening to God, and following what God wanted him to do, but instead he let his house go to ruin because he did not set the rules in his home to be in line with being obedient to God.  Instead of having one wife, as was the standard that God had set with Adam and Eve, he had hundreds of wives, and concubines.  None of whom could he adequately be a husband to.  Instead of sticking with God and having his entire household conform to the rules that God established Solomon seems to have adopted the attitude of, “whatever makes her happy, and keeps her out of my hair” as his norm.  He did not guide the rules his own house.  In essence, Solomon became a law unto himself, and stopped recognizing that God was God.  He forgot that he was supposed to “fear God and shun evil”.  He forgot to guard his heart and keep perversity and corruptness off of his lips.

It is very easy in our day to day lives to slip up and into behavior that is clearly not in line with God’s wishes for us.  It is easy because God is quiet in his relationship with us…he doesn’t yell at you to get your attention.  This is unlike the world which is always yelling and shouting about the things that it deems are important.  It is very easy, unless you are spending plenty of time in conversation with God, and in studying his word.  Face it, the more time you spend with God and in his word, the less time and attention the world gets from you, the less influence the world can have upon you.  We are directed to be living in the world, but not to be part of the world, but to be set apart from the world by our Godly behavior. Solomon’s big mistake was that he started spending more time in the world, and less time with God.  He failed to guard his heart!  The world will pull your heart away from God, and it is Satan is quite sneaky about how he goes about it.  He has had century’s to practice his technique.  When reading about Solomon’s reaction to God’s chastening it becomes obvious that Solomon was worn out by the world to the point where he just didn’t care anymore….even if it was God talking to him.

That is really very sad, but it is a pointed illustration to us, as Christians, that life in the world and embracing the world view will wear you out. The world view is that you should nurse your grudges, and not be forgiving, that you should be afraid to admit when you are wrong, and not expect forgiveness, that you are worthless if you are not well educated and earning a high wage…these are all heavy burdens on the soul.  Being with God, on the other hand, will renew you, and renew your faith. God views you as valuable no matter your education or earning potential.  You are valuable to God even when you are wrong, angry, unforgiving and hurt!  You are always valuable to God!  God expects you to be loving and forgiving and admit you are wrong whenever you are, and ask for forgiveness.  God wants you to let go of your grudges and he wants you to rely on him for the blessings in your life.  By admitting you are wrong, gaining God’s forgiveness and releasing the anger in your life by forgiving others, you can obtain a peace of heart that there is no other way to gain…This is God’s peace.  The peace which surpasses all understanding.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.


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