We have all heard of the wisdom of Solomon, such as the method used to determine the parent of a child (1 Kings 3:16-27). Solomon had received this wisdom when the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The Lord told Solomon to ask what should be given to him. Solomon told the Lord that he was like a little child. He said that he did not even know how to go out or come in (1 Kings 3:5-9). It is interesting that the wisdom that Solomon asked for was related to judging between good and evil (1 Kings 3:9). God was pleased with Solomon’s request and gave him wisdom so that there were none like him either before or after (1 Kings 3:12).
Surprisingly, even with all his wisdom Solomon still made foolish decisions. Perhaps it is partly because he had started down that road before God appeared to him in the dream. In 1 Kings 3:1 we read that Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh King of Egypt and married his daughter. In 3:3 we read that he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places. However, Solomon continued to do these things long after he was given wisdom. In 1 Kings 11:1-8 we read of Solomon’s many wives and how they turned his heart after other gods. Solomon had all that wisdom, but still made poor choices.
Is it possible for us to be wiser than Solomon? Jesus said that the wise man is the one that hears his sayings and does them (Matt. 7:24). Therefore, we have the opportunity to choose more wisely than Solomon. We have the mystery of the gospel made known to us in the Scriptures (Rom. 16:25-27). All we have to do is let God’s word guide our lives (Psalm 119:105).