Introduction: Some people say they want to be the richest person in the world. Others want to be the strongest or fastest or most beautiful. The Bible tells us that King Solomon of Israel was the wisest man in the world during his times of the Old Testament. 1 Kings 3:28 says that all of Israel “stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him.” 1 Kings 4:34 tells us that “people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.” One time even the Queen of Sheba traveled to Israel so that she could learn from Solomon’s wisdom.
Read 1 Kings 10:1-9
Devotional: Solomon was not just wise because of the books he read or the smart people around him. Solomon was wise because he believed wisdom ultimately comes from God. When he had the opportunity to ask God for anything, he asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:9). He used that wisdom to lead his people. He also used that wisdom so that he could help other people look to God and be wise in their lives. The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes share Solomon’s wisdom with us. They are given to us so that we too can look to God for the wisdom we need in life.
Read Proverbs 2:1-5
The book of Proverbs teaches about the importance of living with wisdom. It talks about choosing the right kinds of friends, speaking kind words to others, using your money to do good, and working hard. It also tells us how to be good children, husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers. Making good decisions is what wisdom is all about. In Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes, we are taught about the best decision we can ever make — to put God first all the days of our lives. That is a wise decision everyone can make every day!
Read Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13-14
DISCUSSION: As you grow up, how can you grow in wisdom? What are some wise decisions you can make every day?
Prayer: Thank God for giving us the Bible to help us know how we should live and ask God to help you grow in wisdom.