Read Proverbs 4
Kids are like sponges, they pick up on every little thing. When I was teaching I would always say “Oh Mylanta!” instead of spouting off some expletive or saying “Oh My God!” in front of the little kids. It made me laugh so hard when one day at recess one of my first graders exclaimed “Oh Mylanta!”, not realizing just what she was saying.
I feel like King David, Solomon’s dad, understood this general truth about people. The Bible doesn’t record David’s conversations with his beloved son, but I think David impressed the value of wisdom into his son at a young age. Even when David was on his deathbed, saying good-bye to Solomon, he reminded him of the importance of wisdom. More than that, he told Solomon that he was indeed a wise man. David knew the mantle that was going to rest on his son’s shoulders and began preparing him for that even as a child.
When I was a boy at my father’s knee,
the pride and joy of my mother,
He would sit me down and drill me:
“Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live!
Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding!
Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch!
Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life;
love her—she keeps her eye on you.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it;
never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace,
she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”
While we might not be leading a country like David or Solomon did, we are all leading something. You might be leading a family or a company or a team or a book club or a small group or a community or a partnership. Whether you are leading something big or small, I know something about you: you need wisdom. And I know something about the people around you: they need wisdom too. No matter if you’re leading a group of 1 or 1,000 you have the opportunity to model wisdom for others around you. David instructed his child the best way he knew how and Solomon took his father’s words and ran with them.
I encourage you, as we dive deep into Solomon’s wise writings, to ask God for wisdom. Then, as we continue seeking his face, I’m certain that God will give us the wisdom that we desperately long for.