“‘”King Solomon, who is said to be the wisest king ever lived on earth, and in Proverbs 4:7 he made a profound statement. According to the said Solomon, he said that ” Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”.
King Solomon equally made this statement about wisdom in Proverbs 8:11-19, saying, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it”.
I, wisdom, dwell with prudence and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me.
Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches, and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
Since wisdom is the principal thing and since by wisdom kings reign and princes decree justice, it means that without wisdom, we will amount to nothing on earth. That translates to saying that where we are presently in this life is where wisdom has placed us.
We rise or fall depending on the level of wisdom available at our disposal. Also, in this life, we all struggle to have plenty of silver and gold. However, according to Solomon, riches and honor are with wisdom; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
That is to say, rather than pursuing silver and gold, we should pursue or go for wisdom because once we get wisdom, silver and gold comes with it or follows it.
Speaking further of wisdom, he said, “the fruit of wisdom is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver”. That is to say, we need to pursue wisdom more than we pursue silver and gold.
As said, we need to go for wisdom more than we go for silver and gold, In addition, we should ask ourselves where are the deposits of wisdom, or where can wisdom be found?
King Solomon gave us the answer, saying in Proverbs 9:10 where he said that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
James confirmed it in James 1:5 saying, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraided not; and it shall be given him”.
James equally said in James 3:17 saying, ” but the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
To prove that wisdom comes from God, the book of Daniel 1:17 says, “as for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams”.
God, having given these four children knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom, it was said in Daniel 1:20 that “and in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
The point is that once we are in possession of wisdom, we will be sorted after, even by kings. Let us take a look at what happened in the book of Daniel 5 when there was handwriting on the wall and the person to interpret the handwriting was urgently needed.
According to the book of Daniel 5:10-12, “now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake, and said, O king, live forever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:
The queen further said, there is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
The queen said this of Daniel, “inasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
Please we are talking about the manifold wisdom of God that descended from above not the wisdom that descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish according to James 3:15.
This manifold wisdom of God that descended from above cannot come upon us on a platter of gold. Rather, we must take personal responsibility and hunger for it and must pay the prize for it by consecrating ourselves to God and serving him in truth and spirit.
What happened in 1 Kings 3:3-5 is a good example. It says, “and Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
Another man is called Bezaleel as seen in Exodus 31:2-5 which says, “see, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
Moses reporting about Bezaleel equally confirmed it in Exodus 35:30-33, saying, “and Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship; and to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.
In conclusion, I wish to point out that even if we desire this manifold wisdom of God, we must prove to God that we deserve to be endured with it by our consecration and service to Almighty God. Shalom!