1 Kings 4:34 (NIV) “From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.”
Even today, Solomon is remembered mainly for his wisdom, and he appears to have been well-respected in his own lifetime with people coming great distances to hear his wisdom. When it came to spiritual decisions in his own life however, he appears to have made some very unwise decisions and in I Kings 11 we read “He followed Ashtreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites” So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.”
David may not have had the wisdom that Solomon possessed, but he experienced many tests and trials and had learned the value of knowing God’s leading. Many times we read “David inquired of the Lord”. Solomon on the other hand seems to have relied mainly upon his own wisdom. We do not read of him making any similar inquiries of the Lord. Solomon’s reign, as a result, started off well but became less and less pleasing to God as time progressed. Wisdom is certainly something to be valued, but wisdom has its limitations, and as Christians we need to seek God’s leading. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:14 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”
Contributed by Ian Carlson