Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. And Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt…He spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish. All men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom. 1 Kings 4.29-34
Much of Solomon’s wisdom has been preserved in the book of Proverbs. Solomon’s wisdom came from God, so really they are God’s proverbs. Every subject common to our human experience is addressed in the proverbs. The most important issue on our lives concerns our relationship with God. Hear the words of the ancient sage as he instructs us how to be approved of God:
I. Fear Him (“Fear” means to reverence or respect)
1.7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.
8.13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil.
10.27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days.
14.26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence.
14.27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life.
II. Trust Him
3.5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
16.20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good; and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
28.25-26 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife, but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall prosper. He that trusteth in his heart is a fool, but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
29.25 The fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
III. Obey Him
3.1,2,4 …forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee…So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
13.13 Whoso dispiseth the word shall be destroyed, but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
19.16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
39.18 Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
IV. Live Righteously
5.21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He pondereth all his doings.
16.2 All the ways of man are clean in his own eyes, but the LORD weigheth the motives.
16.7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
16.9 A man’s heart deviseth his way, but the LORD directeth his steps.
15.9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD, but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.