Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Words of Comfort: Solomon Davidson

Solomon Davidson was a wise man, but like his father, sin pulled him from his throne. King Solomon’s wisdom wasn’t enough to stop him from being led by foreign women into the sin of idolatry. The Christian, however, is born of the Holy Spirit, and has a new heart. Instead of drinking iniquity like water, we now thirst after righteousness. We should therefore seek God for something the New Testament calls the “spirit of wisdom.” That’s what Jesus had: “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2, italics added). We have that same access: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:17, italics added). If we live in the spirit of wisdom we will always think right, say right, do right, and in our evangelistic endeavors we will have creativity, ingenuity, insight, discretion, understanding and all the other wonderful virtues of God’s character. Forget this world’s fleeting riches, its superficial honor, and so-called success. Seek the spirit of wisdom. It taps into the eternal.