Grab your imagination for a moment. Don’t get scared, you can do it. It’s in there somewhere. It’s okay if you haven’t used it in a while. It’s like riding a bike.
You are the smartest dude who has ever lived. God himself has told you so. You have unlimited funds. You manage the greatest kingdom on the earth. Anytime something goes wrong you can just write a check to fix it. If your neighbor needs car repairs, and can’t afford it, you can just toss a few bucks his way. The leadership of your church call you regularly to get solutions to complex problems. Your mom and dad are amazed at how well you manage all your business dealings. You have 700 wives. Okay, maybe that last one is enough to wake you up from this dream.
I have just given you King Solomon’s life. He had all the above and much more. Yes, he even had the 700 wives. He chose those wives in complete opposition to God’s command.
1 Kings 11
1)King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2)They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.
9)The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.
Solomon had decided, in his own wisdom, that it would be wise to marry the wives of foreign kings to help keep peace with other countries. Eventually Solomon came around, but not before the kingdom of Israel went through civil war and ended up divided. In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon laments his attempts to use his own wisdom to gain all the stuff he wanted. At the end of Ecclesiastes he sums up what he learned.
13)Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14)For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
God personally made Solomon the wisest man to ever live. If there was ever a man who could say, “God, thanks for the information but I’ve got it from here,” it was Solomon, yet at the end of his life he knew that even with his wisdom, which was superior to all men on earth, he was a very fallible man.
Wisdom isn’t about knowing everything. Wisdom is about being obedient to God’s commands.