October 2, 2018

1 Kings 4:1–2 (NLT) — 1 King Solomon now ruled over all Israel, 2 and these were his high officials: Azariah son of Zadok was the priest.

1 Kings 4:7 (NLT) — 7 Solomon also had twelve district governors who were over all Israel. They were responsible for providing food for the king’s household. Each of them arranged provisions for one month of the year.

1 Kings 4:19 (NLT) — 19 Geber son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, including the territories of King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan. There was also one governor over the land of Judah.

In chapter three Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom and chapter four is the evidence of that wisdom. When we think of the wisdom of God we usually don’t think about wisdom in the every day. The first nineteen verses in chapter four have to do with everyday wisdom. Everyone was assigned a task to do and when those tasks were carried out there was order and everyone was provided for. All you have to do is spend time trying to find a tool in a tool box where every tool has just been randomly thrown in and you will appreciate order.

Or you were going to make a meat loaf for supper but someone forgot to get the hamburger. Or you finally have a day to spend at the lake in the sun and you dig through all the things you brought in your tote bag but alas no sunscreen:( When you see the chaos that reigns supreme in the multi- faceted levels of bureaucracy in our government in Washington you can appreciate God’s wisdom.

Thank God for everyday orderly wisdom.

So because Solomon had God’s wisdom there was joy and peace instead of frustration and war in the land. We see this in verses 20-28.

1 Kings 4:20 (NLT) — 20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They were very contented, with plenty to eat and drink.

1 Kings 4:25 (NLT) — 25 During the lifetime of Solomon, all of Judah and Israel lived in peace and safety. And from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south, each family had its own home and garden.

From verse 29 through the end of the chapter we see the excellence of God’s wisdom. It was superior to any other wisdom. The scope of God’s wisdom extended from the largest cedar trees to the smallest hyssop growing in rock cracks and from the largest of animals to the smallest of creatures.

Dale Ralph Davis, “Biblical wisdom is the root and womb of true science.”

From song to wise sayings. God’s wisdom covers it all. No wonder Solomon said:

Proverbs 4:7 (NLT) — 7 Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

No wonder James said:

James 1:5 (NLT) — 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

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