Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Wisdom of Solomon

King Solomon was considered the wisest man who ever lived, although he had a downfall God was able to use him for great things. Solmon was married to 700 wives and had 300 concubines (basically prostitutes).  That alone can spell trouble. First, being married to THAT many women means you have 700 mother-in-laws (snap) also, poligamy although common back then is just... so wrong and also disputes God's design for marriage. Let'ts look at the dictionary meaning for wisdom:
a deep understanding and realizing of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to choose or act to consistently produce the optimum results with a minimum of time and energy

Many compare being smart to being wise, but both are very different. Being smart means that you have alot of knowledge, you can be smart and unintelligent.
Wisdom takes action, if we are smart/intelligent then we must prove it. In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark,  believing he is going to die decided to celebrate his potentially last birthday in style. He gets drunk in his Iron Man suit, abusing the powers he created. He also endangered lives by using his rocket launcher to impress the ladies (come on guys, would you do the same thing? :P) So, this called for Luitenant James Rhodes don the War Machine suit to battle him. Stark refused help because he was convinced he was dead and had to learn thr hard way after he and War Machine had an epic battle, and later apologized for releasing military drones. Tony had to learn wisdom the hard way.

Solomon ASKED for wisdom in 1 Kings 3, God answered his prayer for it, as long as he did things God's way. There are a few things that is seen in Solomon's wisdom:
1. Wisdom before God enables us to handle the everyday: to understand that life changes. Ecclesiates 3 (written by Solomon)  goes over the various emotions we go through in life.Verses 4-6 tell us that it is actually healthy to let out our emotions (yes guys, it is good to cry contrary to popular belief). When stress enters our lives a chemical called cortisol is released in our bodies in short bursts going to the muscles so we can act and think faster. Nowadays, stress levels are so high that cortisol pumps constantly. One problem: cortisol eats our insides. So... how do we cope with stress? Prayer, finding ways to calm down etc.

2. Wisdom gives us a choice: Proverbs 25 and 26 have little... well.. "proverbs" contrasting life choices.

When God gives us things like wisdom and patience, we are also given opportunites to be wise and patient. So, think of ways we can be loving and patient when we are on the bus, or the person infront of you cuts you off. Think before acting.

Finally (yes, it's been a long blog.... long time since I have been on haha) When it is all said and done, one thing matters to Solomon: Although life and it's pain is temporary, God's love is ETERNAL. We have been put on earth to glorify him and encourage others in the process. I leave you with this:

.Hebrews 12:
1    Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2    fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3    For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.