3-2-2017 The Greater Wisdom In Solomon

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men-than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations” (1 Kings 4:29-31 NKJV).  The God-given wisdom of Solomon written in the Book of Proverbs is the best psychology book explaining human behavior ever written. Simply put, everyone is either “wise” or “foolish.” “Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction” (Proverbs 10:14 NKJV). This was hundreds of years before Christ. No Eastern philosophy or religion was equal to it, then or now! That Solomon’s “fame” spread world-wide shows that to be the case.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#confucius, #solomon, #wisdom

3-3-2017 World-wide Wisdom Of Solomon

Solomon “spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:32-34 NKJV). With God’s wisdom, Solomon judged human behavior, wrote songs, understood God’s Creation, and stood out from “all” earthly kings. Solomon spoke “of” trees, animals, birds, creeping things, and fish,” but not “to” them. He was not like some fictional “Dr. Doolittle” where the Creation talks back, or Aesop whose fables teach animals’ words. Solomon was not in charge of Creation, like the made-up goddess “Mother Nature!” World leaders should come to Solomon today!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#aesop, #doolittle, #mother-nature, #solomon, #wisdom

Did you know that Solomon warned about Twitter?

Did you know Twitter has been around thousands of years? King Solomon even warned about the trouble it could get you into:

Do not curse the king, even in your thought; do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; for a bird of the air may carry your voice, and a bird in flight may tell the matter.” (Ecclesiastes 10:20)

Who says Solomon’s wisdom was only good for the times that he was living in? Definitely not anyone who’s found their selves regretting the amount of trouble that 140 characters or less can cause!

#solomon, #tongue, #trouble, #twitter, #wisdom

4-9-2015 What Is Discrimination #4

Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Today, Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV). Skin color is no basis for discrimination, but a moral decision is! If discrimination against skin is opposed along with discrimination against the immoral, then Solomon “saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16 NKJV). This is “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”

Throwing out all “discrimination” because some of it is wrong, destroys the difference between ”good and evil.” Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#appearance, #discern, #discrimination, #heart, #iniquity, #judge, #judgment, #righteousness, #skin-color, #solomon

there she stood in the doorway…

In Proverbs 9, two ladies call out from high places in the city. They invite those lacking understanding to dine with them. One of the ladies has prepared the meal she offers; the other has stolen hers. One lady does not seem to mind if people know about your visit; the other wants to keep it a secret. One offers wisdom; one offers pleasure. You must dine with one of these women. Choose wisely. They may both mean well, but one of them will kill you.

For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you. (9:11)

‘Stolen water is sweet; and bread eaten in secret is sweet to a man.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. (9:17-18)

Lord, deliver us a daily dose of discernment and decision-making power: the discernment to distinguish between these two ladies; the decision-making power to accept the right invitation.

#choices, #death, #dinner, #invitation, #life, #pleasure, #proverbs, #solomon, #wisdom

stop and smell the… lilac?

The human soul has this tendency toward discontentment. The status quo is not quite enough, no matter how great it may be. This concept is all over the book of Ecclesiastes–the diary of the man who, seemingly to us, had everything he could ever want at his fingertips–wisdom, wealth, power, sex, fame, influence. Yet, as you read his account, you discover one of the most miserable, unhappy, tormented individuals that ever lived. Seems that “everything” turned out to be “not enough.” So he drops these little hints throughout his thesis that man’s purpose is simply to enjoy the lot he’s been given. Why? It does no good to fantasize. As you’re walking past the lilac bush, it’d be an awful shame to waste the moment dreaming about roses.

What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires.
~ Ecclesiastes 6:9

#contentment, #ecclesiastes, #solomon, #stop-and-smell-the-roses, #wealth, #wisdom

Wisdom Acts This Way

When Solomon was asked what he would like from God his reply was “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad…” (1 Kings 3:9).

An understanding heart is exactly what God gave him (1 Kings 4:29) along with great riches and honor. However, as Solomon got older he seemingly forgot that wisdom and succumbed to the idolatry of his many wives (1 Kings 11:4).

What happened to a man that had greater wisdom that anyone that had ever lived? Perhaps he forgot the way that wisdom is supposed to act. As he grew older, did Solomon even remember that such wisdom as he had demanded a certain way of life?

James wrote that wisdom behaves a certain way. Those that have wisdom, James writes, will “show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom” (3:13). Wisdom knows better than to parade itself through the roads of society. It does not ask “Why me?” but rather “Why not me?” Wisdom is the understanding that to humble oneself before God will cause Him to “lift you up” (James 4:10).

In Christ, Steve Preston

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