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One of the most sure signs of wisdom—is one’s own recognition of how much wisdom he lacks. At the end of his life, Solomon had tried everything.  1000 wives, 300 concubines. Armies armed with Golden shields and a most wonderfully built temple and palace.  He had standing among the leaders of the world and had known peace his entire reign.

Yet, at the end, Solomon knew that he was weary, and surely not as wise as he thought. While Solomon is not credited with its composition—Proverbs 30 was a recognition that only God was truly wise; and, a happy life consisted of knowing God and having enough to live.

The compiler of 30 knew God’s words were flawless and he was our only true shield and refuge. He wanted the readers to understand it was equally bad to be impoverished and to be filthy rich.  In both cases, ones attention was focused on stuff and not on God. When one was ok with having your daily needs met as being enough; then he could have  his eyes and heart pointed to the Almighty.

Nothing has changed—we struggle as they did in Solomon’s day. Some with too much, some with too little, but all with a need to control our outcome. If we can get past that, we will realize that God is the only wise one.  In addition, we will trust that only he has control. Then we can be like Solomon and Paul and “Learn to be content whatever our circumstance!”

It is, however a personal and daily choice—one that we must revisit regularly. If we do not—we will simply remain unhappy and unfulfilled.  We will expect God to do and be subject to our will, our timing and our plan! Sadly, that is not a program God will ever accept or follow. We have to adopt Jesus’ final realization in the Garden—“Not my will but your will be done!”

God Bless You

I am weary, God,     but I can prevail. Surely I am only a brute, not a man;     I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom,     nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One. Who has gone up to heaven and come down?     Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?     Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son?     Surely you know!

“Every word of God is flawless;     he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words,     or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

“Two things I ask of you, Lord;     do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me;     give me neither poverty nor riches,     but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you     and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal,     and so dishonor the name of my God.