Thought for the Day
Verse 1 – All kings have special privileges and laborers at their disposal. Solomon’s scribes originally recorded the proverbs and judgments he pronounced in court. Nearly 300 years later, the servants of Solomon’s descendant, King Hezekiah, found additional proverbs of Solomon’s not included in his book.
Verse 2 – This verse begins the collection of Solomon’s proverbs found by Hezekiah’s men. God’s wisdom is concealed from men, but we can search it out, even as Solomon did. However, we must commit our lives to God and study the Bible to avail ourselves of this wisdom. God hides His wisdom from those who will not apply it to their lives, but reveals it to those who search it out. “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” (Romans 11:33-36).
Verse 3 – Solomon was a diligent ruler who had a heart toward God. Because of his unsearchable wealth within, he accomplished many monumental projects and made his kingdom the richest in the world. He was intelligent, observant, and thoughtful. Many of his proverbs show that his father, David, instructed him as a boy and brought him up to serve God and know His ways. This gave Solomon the ability to recognize his limitations and ask God for wisdom to rule Israel. Many hidden treasures are stored within the Bible’s pages for us to seek out, even as Solomon did. Studying the Bible and searching out God’s wisdom will sharpen our minds. Men mine for gold and precious stones, but wisdom, mined from God’s Word, is far more precious. We can glimpse God’s glory by seeking Him and learning of His ways. King Solomon’s proverbs were inspired by the Holy Spirit. They are God’s words, part of our heavenly Father’s instructions to us. “The Proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight…” (Proverbs 1:1-2, AMP).