Spiritual discernment

When all [the people of] Israel heard about the judgment which the king had made, they [were in   awe and reverently] feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was within him to  administer justice.  1 Kings 3:28

Solomon’s natural wisdom helped him to begin to see the Truth of the LORD, not merely some selfish, egotistical “truth”. For that, and for the sake of the responsibility that he was given, the LORD gave Solomon spiritual wisdom, by the Holy Spirit. He enabled Solomon to more easily “see through” the motives and schemes of mere carnal thinking.

In that day the Lord of hosts will become a magnificent crown
And a glorious diadem to the [converted] remnant of His people, 
A spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment [administering the law],
A strength to those who drive back the battle at the gate. – Isaiah 28:5-6

There is a man in your kingdom in whom is [a]a spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father, illumination, understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him. And [b]King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans and diviners. – Daniel 5:11

 The “wisdom of God” was in King Solomon. Wisdom is defined as being able to live life skillfully or wise. Noah Webster defined ‘Wisdom’ as “The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom to act, effect, or practice”. Webster continues: “In Scripture Theology, wisdom is true religion, godliness, piety; the knowledge and fear of God, and sincere and uniform obedience to his commands. This is the wisdom which is from above.” Solomon wrote by the Spirit, “Get [skillful and godly] wisdom! Acquire understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation]!  Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. “Do not [a]turn away from her (Wisdom) and she will guard and protect you; Love her, and she will watch over you.  “The beginning of wisdom is: Get [skillful and godly] wisdom [it is preeminent]!  And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation].” (Prov. 4:5–7). “Pray for it, take pains for it, give diligence in the use of all appointed means to attain it” (M. Henry).

Solomon was greatly blessed. When we live by God’s wisdom, we’ll be blessed too. We may not have all the chariots or servants that King Solomon had, but we’ill be blessed with the peace and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.



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