The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
Here is a list of things that set up a sharp contrast between what the world looks for and what the children of God are trying to achieve. We have said on different occasions that what the vast majority of people are looking for, and all that the world has to offer, is fame, money and power. Remarkably, the list of things that God’s children are trying to obtain was written by someone who had a lot of the only three things the world has to offer. Given his wisdom, King Solomon had a reputation way beyond the borders of his kingdom. As for wealth, the Bible says that in his time there was so much gold in his kingdom that “silver was not appreciated.” The word of God also says that “both in riches and in wisdom, King Solomon surpassed all other kings of the earth.” And as for power, Solomon managed to organize a large army that was equipped with many horses and chariots. Why would God give Solomon all these things that are typically granted only to those that follow the world and keep themselves separate from God?
First, Solomon had a very specific mission, to build the temple of the Lord. To achieve this he needed to enjoy extended periods of peace so that the work would not be interrupted every time he had to face the enemy in battle. Fame, money and power allowed Solomon to enjoy lasting peace so that he could carry out the commission that God gave him. Moreover, Solomon never asked God to give him anything other than “discernment to govern your people and to distinguish between good and evil.” Let us ask God to give us wisdom and discernment in order to serve him to the maximum of our capabilities. We will be able to conduct ourselves with prudence, fairness, justice and equity. To God alone be the glory!