Who doesn’t love a good riddle? Well, dummies and morons, I guess. Those are Solomon’s words, not mine! Ok, technically, he says “fools despise wisdom and discipline.” And if ever wisdom had a fanboy, it was King Solomon. He is famous for asking for wisdom, and he is even more famous for using it properly. While we don’t know a whole heck of a lot about the man himself, we do have enough to know that his reign as king was a respected one and that he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. We also have his writings, which are drool-worthy in any century. (Just wait ‘til we get to Song of Solomon. Rrrrrrr. 😻🔥) He was, in essence, a royal poet who could wax and wane with the best of ‘em. But he was so much more than that. King Solomon was a fair leader, a lover of people and most importantly an advocate for God. His writings leave us examples of how to lead honest lives and how to love wholeheartedly. (Now, later in Ecclesiastes, we’ll see that King Solomon had questions … and a few issues about how the world works, but I believe he expresses his conflicting emotions out of heart-aching love. That’s for later days, though.) And like he writes in verse 6, sometimes his words are presented as mysterious riddles, left for the wise to unwind. As you read through these sometimes mind-bending entries during the next 30 days, keep in mind that in order to understand them, you need wisdom. And now you might be asking, just how to you get wisdom? Well, that’s easy. You get it the exact same way King Solomon did: just ask.
Writing prompt: wisdom
If you haven’t asked God for wisdom, do that first thing today. Then write your little wise heart out about this first proverb written by King Solomon.