King Solomon boldly asked God for wisdom and was granted his request. The Bible says he was the wisest man of his time.
“God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.” 1 Kings 4: 29-30
The king searched the earth – the entire scope of man’s resources and capabilities. What did he learn along the way? He discovered everything under the sun was useless. Wisdom’s lesson was that the only thing that mattered was to fear – be in awe – of God.
“That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14
God’s grace is the boldest affirmation of wisdom.
God is delighted when we settle ourselves in the very center of his plan for us. There, pretense is gone. With nothing of ourselves to offer, we rely solely on his grace. Where there is grace, wisdom resides. Surrounded by grace and wisdom, we are teachable. Usable. Positioned to bring God glory.
Without grace, trying to make sense of life would be frustrating and futile. Grace is the part of wisdom that points beyond the realm of this earth. It’s the insight that gives this life and its struggles eternal significance.
When we receive God’s unmerited favor, we no longer have to define our daily journey by the constraints of this world. Instead, we can seize opportunities to boldly act, knowing that our quests will always provide enlightenment, either for us or for someone else who needs mercy and grace.
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20: 24
Back to the basics.
Wisdom will always take us back to where it begins – to know God’s commands and obey them. No matter what plan and purpose God has for each of us, revering him as King of kings is always the constant.
Be wise. Be bold. Share the Good News of grace. Make God the only thing that matters.