Book: Proverbs 1
“These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.”
Before following the advice of anyone, it is important to know who they are,what their credentials are and on what basis they are giving advice. This first verse of the first chapter of proverbs tells us that Solomon was the son of King David, the king of Israel. As a child he would have been trained well as a royal son in preparation for taking over the responsibilities of the throne. Although this is a good start to following his advice, it is not the key reason for following it. The proverbs and wisdom were a gift from God to Solomon. 2 Chronicles 9:23 says“Kings from every nation came to consult him and to hear the wisdom God had given him.” The wisdom that Solomon writes in this book is God’s wisdom. Solomon was the conduit of God’s wisdom to those, such as kings from other nations, who would come and listen to his words.
As you will see in this next scripture text, Solomon’s wisdom was not specific to one topic but he spoke with authority about many. “God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite and the sons of Mahol—Heman, Calcol, and Darda. His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations. He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs. He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, small creatures, and fish. And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.” (1 Kings 4:29-34) His extent of writing proverbs and songs as well as overseeing a great vast of wealth demonstrates that only God could supernaturally provide this kind of gift. Solomon was blessed and others were blessed through him because God chose to give Solomon Wisdom.
As you read through the book of Proverbs, remember that although Solomon spoke it, wrote it down, or had someone else write it down for him, the source of it is God himself. This is God’s wisdom that He has revealed through Solomon for you to receive. God desires that you will be wise in all of your steps and decisions this year. Read the book of proverbs knowing that it’s God’s wisdom for you personally as well as for those around you. Read it slowly, verse by verse, asking the Lord to show you what He wants you to glean from it. Enjoy!