Solomon's School

Diane Bloem

READ : 1 Kings 4:29-34

Sometimes teachers make mistakes. This was not likely to happen in Solomon’s school of higher learning. He was the wisest man on earth until Jesus came (Luke 11:31). He was a poet, musician and scientist as well as a king. He lectured on language arts, botany, and zoology, and perhaps on public administration. He demonstrated an effective use of psychology when two mothers claimed the same baby (1 Kings 3:16-28). He went beyond dispensing information; he applied truths to everyday life: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise…” (Prov. 6:6). Since his students came from many nations, he made a global impact.

How did Solomon get to be so wise? Did he inherit it from his parents, David and Bathsheba? Perhaps they prepared him for his responsibilities as king and impressed on him his need for God’s guidance. But he was given wisdom when he asked God for it (1 Kings 3:7-15). He later wrote: “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Prov. 2:6). God will hear and honor our prayer for wisdom too. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously…and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Don’t face your academic or life challenges without wisdom from God.


Dear God, please equip us for life with a rich supply of wisdom and in Your generosity please add to it knowledge and understanding. In Jesus’ name. Amen