In the first part of this series we talked about the history of King Solomon and the benefit of seeking wisdom first. We went through 11 of the rewards of gaining wisdom. Let’s continue with the topic of wisdom.
The Hebrew word Wisdom means “skill in living”, suggesting that time (years) is a requirement for achieving it. King Solomon was around 12 years old when he first started being the ruler of Israel. So he had the years to grow in understanding and wisdom. I believe that that was one of the factors to his wisdom, but the secret I believe was his desire to have wisdom so that he could rightly judge the people of Israel. So when God appeared to him and asked him what he wanted, Solomon answered with what would benefit others more than himself, wisdom. In turn God blessed him with more wealth and honor than any other king has had or ever will have.
Here are a few thoughts found in the book of Proverbs,
“Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment.”
“If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won’t limp or stumble as you run.”
“Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm.”
“The wise person makes learning a joy, fools spout only foolishness.”
Through the wisdom Solomon had he was able to gain wealth, insight, influence and was very successful in whatever he did. Here are 10 more rewards that Solomon says we can have if we gain wisdom:
·Strength of character
·A truly meaningful life
·Love and admiration of others
I believe that the book of Proverbs (found in the Bible) is one of the best books on the topic of wisdom, knowledge, and life. It has thoughts that would benefit anyone. You don’t have to be spiritual to read the book; everyone can gain wisdom and insights from the book of Proverbs.
There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. The challenge is to take a month to read a chapter a day. I guarantee that you will walk away with at least 2-3 fresh new leadership or business ideas. After you accepted the challenge the second part is to post the ideas, thoughts, challenges that you gained from doing so.