"Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?" II Chronicles 1:10
King Solomon inherited the kingdom from his father, David and the Lord appeared to him one night and asked him, "What shall I give you?" Solomon then asked the Lord to give him wisdom to judge His people Israel and even though he was given this extraordinary gift, at the end of his life he rejected it and followed the dictates of his wives, proving that man can deny God's power and wisdom only to lean on his own understanding!
Most of the proverbs are the inspired wisdom that God gave Solomon and within them is much knowledge and understanding of God's will for us to live by. Throughout Solomon's reign he displayed God's wisdom in leading Israel and in one such instance two women came before him to judge their situation. It seemed that as they slept that one woman rolled over on her child and when they awoke in the morning it was dead, so the woman claimed the other woman's baby for herself, saying that the child that died was the other woman's and so there was a dispute over who the child belonged to.
Solomon heard the story and called for a sword to be brought to him, and said to the women, "Bring the child before me and I will divide him equally and give half to each of you." Then the woman who claimed the child said for him to do it, but the other woman cried out and said, "Give her the child!" When he heard the woman's cry, immediately Solomon knew which woman the child belonged to, displaying the wisdom of God.
Then God said to Solomon: "Because this was in your heart and you have not asked for riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life-but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. II Chronicles 1:11,12
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin