THE VALUE OF WISDOM: SOLOMON’S LOVE FOR WISDOM (DAY 3)

INTRODUCTION

Today, Solomon reveals to you the value of wisdom. According to him, wisdom is one of the most valuable gifts on earth. But there is a condition you must meet before you can get this valuable gift. The condition is that you must desire her, then search for her. Once you find her, she will be with you in your every thought. 

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Solomon also wishes to share his wisdom with you. According to him before you can garn more wisdom you must be ready to share the ones you have with everyone around you. That is to say, you must be self-centered. He also tells you the story of how he desired and found wisdom. 

Solomon also advices kings to realize that they are just like anyone else. They were born and brought up like anyone else. And will also leave the word like anyone else. Solomon realized this fact as a king and it helped him to find wisdom. When Solomon realized that he was only a human, he declared his love for wisdom, he prayed and received wisdom and understanding. According to Solomon, wisdom is incomparable, not even gold, precious jewels or good health can be compared with wisdom. When he received wisdom, she brought all other forms of wealth to him. 


Solomon tried to define the nature of wisdom, but could not find words that could perfectly qualify her. Of all Solomon’s definition of wisdom, the most suiting one is that wisdom is a reflection of eternal light, a perfect mirror of God’s activity and greatness.
Solomon fell in love with the beauty of wisdom as a man falls in love with her wife. All his desire was to be welded to wisdom. According to Solomon, all virtues re the results of the works of wisdom. After Solomon fell in love with wisdom, he prayed to God and God granted his request. 


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TODAY’S READING (Wisdom 6.12 – 9.15)

Now read the teachings and wise quotes from Solomon for today.

THE VALUE OF WISDOM (6.12 -6.21)

12 Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her.
13 She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
14 One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate.
15 To fix one's thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care,
16 because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.
17 The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her,
18 and love of her is the keeping of her laws, and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality,
19 and immortality brings one near to God;
20 so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.
21 Therefore if you delight in thrones and scepters, O monarchs over the peoples, honor wisdom, so that you may reign forever.

SOLOMON WISHES TO SHARE HIS WISDOM (6.22-6.25)

22 I will tell you what wisdom is and how she came to be, and I will hide no secrets from you, but I will trace her course from the beginning of creation, and make knowledge of her clear, and I will not pass by the truth;
23 nor will I travel in the company of sickly envy, for envy does not associate with wisdom.
24 The multitude of the wise is the salvation of the world, and a sensible king is the stability of any people.
25 Therefore be instructed by my words, and you will profit.

A KING IS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE (7.1-7.6)

1 I also am mortal, like everyone else, a descendant of the first-formed child of earth; and in the womb of a mother I was molded into flesh,
2 within the period of ten months, compacted with blood, from the seed of a man and the pleasure of marriage.
3 And when I was born, I began to breathe the common air, and fell upon the kindred earth; my first sound was a cry, as is true of all.
4 I was nursed with care in swaddling clothes.
5 For no king has had a different beginning of existence;
6 there is for all one entrance into life, and one way out.

SOLOMON DECLARES HIS LOVE FOR WISDOM (7.7-7.22A)

7 Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
8 I preferred her to scepters and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.
9 Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, because all gold is but a little sand in her sight, and silver will be accounted as clay before her.
10 I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases.
11 All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth.
12 I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them; but I did not know that she was their mother.
13 I learned without guile and I impart without grudging;
I do not hide her wealth,
14 for it is an unfailing treasure for mortals; those who get it obtain friendship with God, commended for the gifts that come from instruction.
15 May God grant me to speak with judgment, and to have thoughts worthy of what I have received; for he is the guide even of wisdom and the corrector of the wise.
16 For both we and our words are in his hand, as are all understanding and skill in crafts.
17 For it is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements;
18 the beginning and end and middle of times, the alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons,
19 the cycles of the year and the constellations of the stars,
20 the natures of animals and the tempers of wild animals, the powers of spirits and the thoughts of human beings, the varieties of plants and the virtues of roots;
21 I learned both what is secret and what is manifest,
22a for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.

THE NATURE OF WISDOM (7.22B-8.1)

22b There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible,
23 beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
25 For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
26 For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.
27 Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
28 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
29 She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
30 for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
1 She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.

SOLOMON’S LOVE FOR WISDOM (8.2-8-20)

2 I loved her and sought her from my youth;
I desired to take her for my bride, and became enamored of her beauty.
3 She glorifies her noble birth by living with God, and the Lord of all loves her.
4 For she is an initiate in the knowledge of God, and an associate in his works.
5 If riches are a desirable possession in life, what is richer than wisdom, the active cause of all things?
6 And if understanding is effective, who more than she is fashioner of what exists?
7 And if anyone loves righteousness, her labors are virtues; for she teaches self-control and prudence, justice and courage; nothing in life is more profitable for mortals than these.
8 And if anyone longs for wide experience, she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come; she understands turns of speech and the solutions of riddles; she has foreknowledge of signs and wonders and of the outcome of seasons and times.
9 Therefore I determined to take her to live with me, knowing that she would give me good counsel and encouragement in cares and grief.
10 Because of her I shall have glory among the multitudes and honor in the presence of the elders, though I am young.
11 I shall be found keen in judgment, and in the sight of rulers I shall be admired.
12 When I am silent they will wait for me, and when I speak they will give heed; if I speak at greater length, they will put their hands on their mouths.
13 Because of her I shall have immortality, and leave an everlasting remembrance to those who come after me.
14 I shall govern peoples, and nations will be subject to me;
15 dread monarchs will be afraid of me when they hear of me; among the people I shall show myself capable, and courageous in war.
16 When I enter my house, I shall find rest with her; for companionship with her has no bitterness, and life with her has no pain, but gladness and joy.
17 When I considered these things inwardly, and pondered in my heart that in kinship with wisdom there is immortality,
18 and in friendship with her, pure delight, and in the labors of her hands, unfailing wealth, and in the experience of her company, understanding, and renown in sharing her words, I went about seeking how to get her for myself.
19 As a child I was naturally gifted, and a good soul fell to my lot;
20 or rather, being good, I entered an undefiled body.

SOLOMON PRAYS FOR WISDOM (9.1-9.18)

1 "O God of my ancestors and Lord of mercy, who have made all things by your word,
2 and by your wisdom have formed humankind to have dominion over the creatures you have made,
3 and rule the world in holiness and righteousness, and pronounce judgment in uprightness of soul,
4 give me the wisdom that sits by your throne, and do not reject me from among your servants.
5 For I am your servant the son of your serving girl, a man who is weak and short-lived, with little understanding of judgment and laws;
6 for even one who is perfect among human beings will be regarded as nothing without the wisdom that comes from you.
7 You have chosen me to be king of your people and to be judge over your sons and daughters.
8 You have given command to build a temple on your holy mountain, and an altar in the city of your habitation, a copy of the holy tent that you prepared from the beginning.
9 With you is wisdom, she who knows your works and was present when you made the world; she understands what is pleasing in your sight and what is right according to your commandments.
10 Send her forth from the holy heavens, and from the throne of your glory send her, that she may labor at my side, and that I may learn what is pleasing to you.
11 For she knows and understands all things, and she will guide me wisely in my actions and guard me with her glory.
12 Then my works will be acceptable, and I shall judge your people justly, and shall be worthy of the throne of my father.
13 For who can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills?
14 For the reasoning of mortals is worthless, and our designs are likely to fail;
15 for a perishable body weighs down the soul, and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind.
16 We can hardly guess at what is on earth, and what is at hand we find with labor; but who has traced out what is in the heavens?
17 Who has learned your counsel, unless you have given wisdom and sent your holy spirit from on high?
18 And thus the paths of those on earth were set right, and people were taught what pleases you, and were saved by wisdom."

WISE QUOTE FOR DAY 3

Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her (wisdom 6.12)

CLOSING PRAYER FOR DAY 3

(Recite with deep faith)
Lord Jesus help me to realize the value of wisdom like Solomon, I declare my love for wisdom today and pray that you give me this unique and great gift which is the gift of wisdom – Amen.


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