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Wisdom – We All Need More

1 Kings 3:9-10

9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.  NLT

I cannot believe that it is May 1st already. The weather is suppose to be very nice this week. I hope to get out to play some golf once-a-week moving forward. My shoulder is healing and I feel great. The doctor’s wisdom is – just don’t beat the ground!

God’s wisdom is amazing. God tells us through Paul’s writings that God’s foolishness is wiser than humanities’ wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:25 – For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Here are some other Scriptures about God’s wisdom.

1 Kings 4:29-34 – 29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 33 He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 34 From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom. Continue reading

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God’s Amazing Wisdom

1 Kings 3:9-10

9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.  NLT

IMG_0301God’s wisdom is so amazing. God tells us through Paul’s writings that God’s foolishness is wiser than humanities’ wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:25 – For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Here are some other Scriptures about God’s wisdom.

1 Kings 4:29-34 – 29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 33 He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 34 From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom. Continue reading

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The Wisdom of God is Amazing – Day 2

1 Kings 3:9-10

9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.  NLT

Today’s reading has four passages:

1 Kings 4:29-34

1 Kings 10:1-13

2 Chronicles 1:7-12

Job 28:12-28

They can be found at on these links:

http://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/wisdom/2

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Kings%204:29-34&version=NIV1984

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Kings%2010:1-13&version=NIV1984

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%201:7-12&version=NIV1984

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job%2028:12-28&version=NIV1984

Because Solomon sought to have nothing between himself and God – God gave him wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 1 Kings 4:29  Wisdom is what Solomon was known for in the region.  His wisdom was unsurpassed.  The Book of Proverbs is filled with some of the wisdom of Solomon.  His knowledge about all things amazed people.

Foreign diplomats and rulers heard of his wisdom and came from far and wide to test him.  The queen of Sheba couldn’t believe what she had heard and came to visit with Solomon and to test his wisdom.

In 2 Chronicles 1 we read another account of Solomon’s response to God – seeking wisdom to rule God’s people.  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.” 8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

If we seek after God – God will bless us – maybe not with the riches of Solomon – but God is amazingly more capable to bless us than we can fathom.

The Book of Job also speaks of wisdom: Job 28:12-13 – 12 “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? 13 Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living.  True wisdom is found only in a relationship with God – in our deep abiding walk with Jesus.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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