The World Needs To Light Their Candle At The Church's Lamp
"Those who know the worth of true wisdom will grudge no pains nor cost to obtain it." - Matthew Henry
"Wisdom consists in the choice of the best means to secure the best ends." - Barnes' Notes
"To be wise in trying times is a special gift of God, and to Him we must seek for it."
- Matthew Henry
1 Kings 3:28 says - "And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king (Solomon) had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to do judgment."
1 Kings 4:34 says - "And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom."
2 Chronicles 9:23 says it this way - "And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart."
Notice first of all the range that the wisdom of Solomon covered - "all Israel"..."all people"...as well as "all the kings of the earth."
What do the Scriptures say about these people? What did they all have in common?
They all "heard" or sought to hear the same thing.
What is it that they "heard" or sought after to hear?
1 Kings 4:34 sums it up in this way - "And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom." Kings sent ambassadors to his court to know the truth of what was reported. Merchants and travelers spread the news everywhere of the fame of this wise king.
There was one queen in particular - the queen of Sheba - whose experience was recorded in the Bible for all to read. 2 Chronicles 9:1-7 says - "And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bear spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon...there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest that fame that I heard. Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom."
Notice her reaction after seeing and hearing Solomon's wisdom - "And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of God...there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king...and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest that fame that I heard..."
Imagine being a servant in the courts of Solomon and being able to hear on a daily basis the wise sayings which dropped from his lips.
But where did this great gift of wisdom come from that all were so eager to hear and see? Where did it originate?
1 Kings 3:11-12 gives the source - "And God said unto him...Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wide and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee." God gave Solomon a clear head, a piercing eye, and solid judgment above his peers. He endowed him with practical wisdom - the skill in living life in all of its complexities.
All of Scripture confirms that it is God Who gives wisdom unto men -
Proverbs 2:6 says - "For the LORD giveth wisdom..."
Daniel 2:21 says - "...He giveth wisdom unto the wise..."
In reference to the three Hebrew children along with Daniel, it is said that - "...God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom..." (Daniel 1:17).
And the Apostle Paul prayed that the believers would be endued with a "spirit of wisdom" which comes from God - "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom..." (Ephesians 1:17).
People don't gain wisdom by any effort of their own. It is God Who gives clearness of perception...directs in the laws of association... makes suggestions...fixes the mind on important matters...and opens new and interesting views of truth.
The Apostle James said that if any man lacked wisdom, he was to - "ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally..." (James 1:5). The Apostle Paul pointed out that it is Jesus Who is "made unto us wisdom..." (1 Corinthians 1:30). In other words, He is the source from which we are made wise. He enlightens the mind in times of perplexity...guides in the way of truth...leads in the path of true knowledge...and guides with His counsel.
Solomon asked for wisdom and God gave it to him - so much so that - "there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee." God endowed him with such a measure of wisdom that "all Israel"..."all people" ...and "all kings" sought his presence in order to - " hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart." When the queen of Sheba saw and heard the wisdom that God gave him, the Scripture says that - "there was no more spirit in her." She remarked - "...behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me..."
What does all this have to do with you and me?
The same God Who enriched Solomon with great wisdom wants to do the same for us as His church. He wants to manifest His glory in and through us insomuch that the fame of our wisdom is heard throughout the world. It is His desire and will that the world come to us - seeking our presence - because we have the answers to life's troubles and woes. In fact, it is His will that when they do come to us looking for answers, that they will leave remarking - "...behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me..."
We are a body made up of many members and parts. Each part must do its job.
Hence, it would behoove us to cry out to the God of Solomon - to our God - for - "a wise and understanding heart." He wants to use each and every one of us to speak His wisdom to the world around us.
He knows that this world is in desperate need of His wisdom. And we are the vessels that He wants to use to dispel His wisdom throughout.
The world needs to light their candle at the church's lamp.
When the Lord sends the unbeliever or heathen across your path, will he be able to remark after being in your presence - "...behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me..."?
May God Bless His Word.
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