To seek wisdom in old age is like a mark in the sand; to seek wisdom in Youth is like an inscription on stone.
-- Solomon Ben Gabirol (C. 1020-1070)
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
There are 2 ways to get wisdom:
- Life’s experiences
- From God
The problem with relying on life’s experiences for wisdom: By the time you have it, you have no energy to use it, and all you can do is become an advisor to the next generation.
Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom.
2 Chronicles 1:7-12 7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you. 10Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 11God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.
Deut 34:9 Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him.
Imagine if you had the spirit of wisdom. What would happen to your life? Your life would largely be mistake-free.
There are many scriptures about the result of wisdom in Solomon:
1 Kings 4:20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy. 21 And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These countries brought tribute and were Solomon’s subjects all his life. 25 During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, each man under his own vine and fig tree.
It all started with:
- A desire inside Solomon to be wise
1 Kings 2:1-12 1 When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. 2“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, show yourself a man, 3and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, 5“Now you yourself know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me—what he did to the two commanders of Israel’s armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet. 6 Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace. 8 “And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD: ‘I will not put you to death by the sword.’ 9But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him.
He said Solomon, you have a wonderful future but there are going to be threats that challenge your future, that will interfere with God’s purpose for your life.
The 3 enemies of wisdom in Solomons life were Adonijah, Joab and Shimei and each of them represented a real threat to his future.
- Adonijah represents Pride and Ambition.
- Shimei represents the voice of Negativity
- Joab represents an "I'll do whatever I want" spirit.
1 Kings 2:8 “And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim."
1 Kings 2:35-36 Next the king sent for Shimei. Solomon said to him, “Build a house for yourself in Jerusalem and live there. Don’t leave the city. 37 The very day you leave and cross the Kidron Valley, someone will kill you, and it will be your own fault.”
Solomon said I will let you live, but you must stay within the boundaries I set for you.
Don’t allow Negativity to get out. Don’t let negative thoughts turn into negative words which then become negative actions.
Joab represents an "I’ll do whatever I want" spirit.
Joab only ever did what he thought was right. Joab’s name means God, but in making decisions by himself, Joab became his own God.
An "I’ll do whatever I want" spirit supports pride and ambitious attitudes and it will get you into serious trouble.
Joshua got into trouble when he forgot to consult.
An independent spirit is a threat to the spirit of wisdom on your life, because it brings deception. It tells you to follow your heart, instead of the Holy Spirit.
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