“The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring God in their hand. But ask now the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.” Job 12:6-8.
One does not have to be a student of the bible to know that Solomon was a wise man.
The “wisdom of Solomon” is known as a common expression. On the one hand he was wise; for when God asked him what, of all things, he desired to have; he replied “wisdom”. On the other hand Solomon fell into a tragic and dark side.
We wonder if that is not true of all of us. We learn from simple things of nature as above. We are taught wisdom by our families and mentors. I suspect that there are few of us are born with innate good or reason. We do, however, acquire so very much of it from trial and error, but most certainly from God’s Word.
Aristotle said, ” In the brain of the wisest of men always resides the corner of the fool.” Aristotle might have been thinking of Solomon because it describes him so well. In all of his piety Solomon loved beautiful and foreign women. His wife and concubines were well-known. God had warned the Israelites against intermarrying because of the collision of convictions. He had a mixed bag of beliefs and convictions as a result. He sanctioned or participated in these perversions. His institution of the corv’ees, which were slave labor camps that subscribed men and women, and created war between factions of the nation.
What can we possibly glean from this? The thought that even the blessed and mighty can fall. That wisdom, great as it is, does not insure moral behavior. God has never asked me; “What is it you would request of me, above all things”. In my age I doubt that He will. He has, on the other hand given me all that I need and more. The wisdom side of me says; It cannot get better than that.
There was a time that I revered wisdom above most things. If there is one thing that Solomon’s experience taught me is that when you get what you most want in life; love, peace, family and opportunity, don’t screw it up. Listen to that voice inside that says; “Keep My commandments and you will be with Me in paradise.” We would wonder whether in all his wisdom, if that was truly Solomon’s destination.