From Wisdom to Foolishness


Yes, Solomon had wisdom, but if obedience to God is not the wellspring of wisdom, it becomes the wisdom of the human mind alone.

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 11

Key Verse: 1 Kings 11:4

For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.

In the ancient world, the most common way of confirming treaties was through marriage. Most often these arrangements had nothing to do with what we would consider emotional or sexual bonding, expressed in love as we understand married love. We cannot help but notice the creeping progression of disobedience of Solomon to the God of his father, David. Yes, Solomon had wisdom, but if obedience to God is not the wellspring of wisdom, it becomes the wisdom of the human mind alone. The Apostle Paul, a brilliant academic, schooled in Hebrew and in the Greek/Roman university city of Tarsus, throws light on wisdom in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. In 1st Corinthians 3:19 Paul tells us that, “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” The things that often appear as foolish to the world are actually the “wisdom” of God. Take for example the last statement of 1 Corinthians 3:18-23, “…things present or things to come — all are yours, and you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.” Now, that is “wisdom.”


Lord Jesus, in You “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” I pray that I will continue to discover this hidden treasure. I’m reading, marking, memorizing Your treasure map, the Bible, every day. The cross marks the spot where You, Lord God, intersected with the human race. I may be here in one spot, but by faith I travel to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to the place of Your ascension, and on into Your very presence where “You ever live to make intercession for me” (Hebrews 7:25). Thank You that I am discovering Your wisdom. Amen!


Solomon wrote or assembled most of the Proverbs during those early years when he practiced what he preached. My son, Reynold, has my Dad’s old Bible as a treasure. His commentary and tears mark its pages. I recall my Dad sitting in his chair, his Bible open on his lap. My Dad earned a doctorate and knew the Scriptures in the original languages, but to the day of his death, he poured over the Scriptures, constantly reading, meditating, inwardly digesting what he read, and praying for God’s wisdom to fill his mind. Dad was outside shoveling snow when he laid aside his winter coat and donned his heavenly robe.

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