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