Day 189 – Worldly Wisdom or Godly Wisdom?

When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, as well as the palace he had built… and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed. 2 Chronicles 9: 3-4 NIV

I have one question about Solomon:  If he was so wise, why’d he marry “Pharaoh’s daughter” (2 Chronicles 8: 11) and then all of those other pagan wives who took his heart away from God?

I guess there’s worldly wisdom and there’s godly wisdom.

Speaking of (another passage from today’s readings):

Plans are established by seeking advice;
so if you wage war, obtain guidance Proverbs 20: 18

That’s good worldly wisdom: Get advice before going to war (please don’t forget that advice next time you go to war…).

But it’s good godly wisdom, too:

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Proverbs 19: 20

I utterly dislike unsolicited advice, but it’s wise to solicit it. And especially to solicit it from God in prayer.

But since we are so thick-headed to sometimes confuse God’s voice with our own desires (especially those affected by hormonal or other chemical impulses…), it’s important to solicit advice from human beings.

Which is one reason they created spouses…

So, are you developing worldly wisdom, godly wisdom, or both?



P.S. I rail on in this particular post about how the church sometimes selects it’s leaders based more on worldly wisdom than on godly wisdom. What’s your experience? Comments?


Today’s Readings: 2 Chronicles 9:1-11:4,  Psalm 80:7-13, Proverbs 20:16-18, Acts 14:1-28. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).

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One thought on “Day 189 – Worldly Wisdom or Godly Wisdom?

  1. My ‘church’ selects our leaders based on “Who can we get who’s willing to serve on this committee?”

    Anyway… as to that one example of Solomon’s “wisdom” (aside from winning the palace power-struggle and convincing everyone that dissing him was unwise): the baby story:

    A king being called on to decide such a lowlife, unsavory issue was not likely. What was symbolized, however: After the death of David, many parts of ‘Israel’ wanted to go their own way. But he managed, by force & political cunning, to keep the nation united.

    But did not manage to pass on his political skills or his sense of responsibility to his heir; hence the revolt of Israel from Judah’s regime after his death.

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