Last Updated: July 9, 2021
Solomon’s words of wisdom, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, give practical insights and guidelines for life.
Knowledge is good, but there is a big difference between having the facts (knowledge) and applying those facts to life (wisdom). We may acquire all the knowledge in this world, but without wisdom it is useless. We must grasp how to live out what we know.
Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. He left us a legacy of written wisdom found in three volumes – Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. These books gave practical insights and guidelines for life under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Chapters 1 to 29 of the Book of Proverbs in the Bible were believed to be written by Solomon himself. Solomon imparted his practical advice in the form of proverbs. The word proverb is a short sentence that conveys moral truth.
Be encouraged and inspired as you read Solomon’s words, knowing God is the key to wisdom. Listen to the thoughts and lessons from Solomon and use these truths in your life.
Who was King Solomon?
Solomon was the fourth son of King David with Bathsheba, the widowed wife of Uriah whom David had killed to cover his infidelity. He was the third king of Israel and David’s chosen heir. Solomon was known as the greatest philosopher, poet, and architect. He was also a great botanist and zoologist.
From 971 to 931 BC, Solomon reigned as King of Israel. He was widely regarded as the wisest and the wealthiest man who ever lived. He was the author of the book of Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, the first chapters of Proverbs, and a couple of the psalms.
Early in his life, Solomon perceives his need for wisdom. When he became king, Solomon asked God for wisdom rather than riches or possessions (2 Chronicles 1:7-12). He studied, taught, judged, and wrote. Kings and leaders from other nations visited Jerusalem to learn from him.
What was King Solomon Known for?
Solomon was known for many things. He was known as the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. He was also known for his writings. He also built God’s temple in Jerusalem. But, he was also known with many wives and promoted idolatry.
His connection with God
When Solomon ascended to the throne, he found God. He granted him the ability to ask for whatever he pleased. Solomon humbly acknowledged his failure to rule wisely, so he approached God for the guidance he would need to govern his throne correctly.
God also gave Solomon a “wise and understanding heart”. Solomon received this in order to lead well and to make the right decisions. During most of his reign, God bestowed Solomon peace in every aspect.
He built God’s temple
Solomon was also known for building the temple of God in Jerusalem. David offered to build a Temple for God, but God said no through the prophet Nathan. God wanted a peacemaker to build His temple and not a warrior like David. Since David cannot build the temple, he gave his fortune to the temple. He also encouraged others to do so.
In 1 Kings 5-6, Solomon started the preparation and building of the temple. Solomon’s concept of the temple was more like a palace for God rather than a worship place. In honor of God, the temple was constructed without the sound of any tools at the building site. This is to show us the importance of demonstrating care, honor, and respect for God’s sanctuary.
His judgment and wisdom
King Solomon’s famous work of wisdom was recorded in 1 Kings 3. Two mothers living in the same house had a dispute over the custody of a baby boy. One of the babies had died, each was claiming that the living child is hers.
To get the facts straight, Solomon asked for a sword. He commanded to cut the child in two, each woman to receive half. The true mother of the child begged Solomon to spare the child. Solomon ordered not to kill the child and give him to the mother who wants him to live.
This settlement of a dispute was a classic example of Solomon’s wisdom. Solomon’s wise ruling was a verification that God gave him an understanding heart.
Famous Bible Verses from Solomon
Human beings in the Bible might guide us, but we must never forget that God is the ultimate source of all books of the Bible. All the scriptures were given inspiration from the Lord. In the book of Proverbs, you can witness God’s work in Solomon’s life. The king acknowledges all the blessings that the Lord has given him and shared every detail of it in the Bible.
His words of wisdom aim to enrich our lives and help us avoid trouble. Practically, we have a brief guide for a victorious living. Approximately half of the Bible’s “poetry and wisdom books” are credited to him. People still look to Solomon for counsel on relationships, wisdom, prosperity, work, and just about everything else. Here are some of King Solomon’s words that can guide us in life.
Fear of the Lord
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7).
A person who has a dogmatic opinion about everything is one of the most annoying kinds of people. Solomon calls this sort of person a fool. They are the kind who are closed to anything new, resents discipline, and refuse to learn. Instead of being a know-it-all, be open to the advice of others. Learn how to learn from others, especially those who know you well. Remember, only God knows it all.
Trust in the Lord
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
It is important to trust God in every decision that we make. He is the better judge as He knows what is best for us. Trust God completely. We must be wise to listen and be corrected by God’s Word and wise counselors. Bring your plans before God through prayers, and He will direct your path.
“My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live.” (Proverbs 4:4)
Encourage your children to become wise. Like Solomon, his father encouraged him to seek wisdom when he was young. All wisdom comes from God. It can be passed on from parents to children. One of the greatest responsibilities of parents is to urge their children to turn to God.
Training is discipleship
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
It is natural for parents to want to bring up all their children the same way. However, this verse directs parents to discern the individuality of each child. Each individual has natural inclinations that they can develop. Teach your children how to make decisions and train them to choose the right way.
How to Apply God’s Wisdom in Your Life
God’s words are what keeps us going despite facing a lot of challenges in our lives. The power to determine between what is good and what is wrong is known as wisdom. It’s a gift that allows us to make the best selection or option possible. If knowledge is power, wisdom is the wise application of that power.
We can be brilliant or educated, but without wisdom, our knowledge or education may be for naught. An intelligent person can acquire more friends, honor, and God’s favor than an intellectual person. There is the knowledge that comes from humans and wisdom that comes from God. The first may be eloquent but lacking in content, whereas the latter may not sound lovely but is powerful. Here are some biblical ways to be wise.
Pray for wisdom
The first step in gaining wisdom is to ask God for it (James 1:5). Ask God for the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances. Recognize that you are only a human being who lacks understanding. Overcome your pride and confess that you, too, have made mistakes. Whenever we pray to God for wisdom, He will generously supply what we need.
The wisdom we ask from God has three distinct characteristics. First, it is practical as it relates to life even during the most trying times. Second, it is divine because God’s wisdom goes beyond common sense. Lastly, it is Christlike because asking God for wisdom is asking to be like Jesus.
Put your faith unto the Lord
When you seek God for knowledge and pray for it, be consistent. Remove any doubts and put your faith in Him. In other words, don’t beg for understanding while disobeying God’s commands as it would be hypocritical and disloyal. Being obedient to God and trusting in Him entails keeping and obeying His instructions. (James 1:6-7)
Live a modest life if you wish to receive wisdom from God. Hatred and selfishness, which lead to immoral acts, can be conquered through humility. So, instead of arrogance and wickedness, embrace humility and understanding. (James 3:13-16)
Learn the art of peace
Always be mindful and cultivate a sense of peace. When it comes to hatred, be gentle and slow. Learn to forgive and be merciful. Take into account the sentiments of those around you. Have empathy for others and be aware of their pain. You will have a higher chance of receiving God’s knowledge if you achieve serenity, tranquility, and complete consciousness of your surroundings.
Feed your soul with the scriptures
Read and study God’s commands in the Bible with patience. The Bible contains rules, cautions, and directions about how we must live and function on this land. You will get wiser as you get more familiar with God’s words. (2 Timothy 3:15)
Speak God’s Words
Be a living example of God’s knowledge. Not only should you understand God’s words, but you should also proclaim and live them. Make a strong case for yourself by demonstrating love, empathy, self-discipline, and devotion. Allow everyone around you to recognize that you possess God’s wisdom. (Colossians 3:16)
All of which should be done with an open heart and mind. Give your all to obtain wisdom. Remove stupidity, conceit, greed, jealousy, hate, selfishness, and any other obstacles to wisdom entering your body, mind, heart, and soul. Allow God’s pure understanding to reside inside you.
The Importance of Wisdom in our Lives
We are flawed beings that are far from flawless. Even the most “decent” individuals, those who are praised by others for their morality and exemplary actions, have stains on their souls. We can’t have pure wisdom without God, and we can’t have pure wisdom if we’re not holy ourselves. Our opinions are affected to some extent by our life experiences and personalities. Our point of view colors the lens through which we view the world.
As a result, humans can’t look at anything and choose the same level of objectivity as a divine intelligence. God’s knowledge is the only completely objective and truthful way to assess and make judgments in life. Consider that spirit to be a muscle. It will get weaker if we do not utilize it, but it will be stronger if we exercise it consistently. We must continuously pursue a closer connection with God by being in spiritual communication with Him.
Of course, this entails praying and concentrating on God’s Word. The further we do it, the greater our spirit will become, and our faith in God will become more profound. Then, as we become closer to God, we’ll be able to distinguish his word among all the other sounds competing for our interest. The only way to get through life effectively is with God’s knowledge. Let’s make seeking God’s words a priority.
Lessons of Solomon
Solomon was the wisest man in the world but he failed to heed his own advice, and he began a downward spiral. As he looked back with humility and repentance, he took stock of his life. Here are some of the lessons he learned through personal experience. Hoping to spare his readers the bitterness of learning that everything apart from God is empty, hollow, and meaningless.
The fear of the Lord serves a prominent place in the constant fight of the Christ-follower over their sinful nature. Our power to resist sin is intrinsically tied to the newfound spiritual understanding and heavenly wisdom that individuals who fear God have access to.
Assess your perspective toward heaven if you’re dealing with sin. Do you have enough fear of God to desire to please him even when no one is watching? Those who want God’s forgiveness for their misdeeds should first fear Him. Humanity has no hope after this world unless they have a respectful attitude towards heaven and a repentant heart.
Obey His commands
The Bible has a lot to say regarding obedience, spanning from Genesis to Revelation. We can see how essential the principle of devotion is to God in the account of the Ten Commandments. Deuteronomy 11:26-28 says Obey, and you will be blessed. Disobey and you will be cursed.
Through Jesus Christ’s example inside the New Testament, we have learned that followers are committed to a life of obedience. The writings of 1 and 2 John make it clear that obeying God is a sign of love for Him. Following God’s instructions is part of loving him.
Justice will be done
If you think life is unfair, always remember that God will bring every deed into judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). God will review every person’s life to determine how they have responded to His calling. Ask yourself how is your commitment to God. Look if your life measures up to God’s standards.
Wisdom is only worthwhile when it is put into action. It is clear that the wisdom Solomon received from God didn’t mean that he couldn’t make mistakes. His actions remind us how easy to know what is right and yet not do it.
Wisdom is both the ability to discern what is best and the strength of character to act upon that knowledge. While Solomon remained wise all his life, he did not always act upon his wisdom. Ask God to give us the wisdom to know what to do and the courage to follow through with it.