1 KINGS 4:29-34


"… Fear God, and
keep his commandments…"



Solomon was the son of King David and Bathsheba, and the third king of Israel. His kingdom was surely the most glorious the world has ever yet seen. His kingdom was made famous by the wisdom of its king, the perfection of its government and the quality of its religion. These features made Solomon’s reign glorious beyond comparison, even until today.

Solomon loved the LORD and worshipped Him at the altar of Gibeon. The LORD then appeared to him in a dream and said, "Ask what I shall give thee" (1 Kings 3:5). In response, Solomon asked for an understandingheart to judge the people wisely. The choice pleased God, and He gave him wisdom such as no king before nor since had had, and God added to it both riches and honour beyond all others. His fame spread abroad through all the lands, and men came from far and near to hear him.

Nevertheless, Solomon testified in Ecclesiastes 1:13-14, "And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit." Why? The answer is found in his conclusion in the Book of Ecclesiastes: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Eccles 12:13-14).

Brethren, life is short! Live in reverence to God. Live to love His commandments. Live in obedience to His Word. Live by faith in His Son. Live in submission to His will, and live in hope of eternal life. Live in God’s wisdom. Do not waste your life!

THOUGHT: Am I living in God’s wisdom?
PRAYER: "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Ps 90:12).