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(Bible readings: 1 Kings 10:1-10; 2 Chron. 9:1-12)
The queen of Sheba traveled far to Jerusalem to hear the wisdom of King Solomon. And when she came to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. King Solomon, in turn, answered all her questions and did not withhold anything from her. After she had heard of his wisdom and had seen the prosperity of his kingdom, the queen of Sheba could only exclaim:
Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! (1 Kings 10:8)
I don’t know about you but like the queen of Sheba, I would love to seek out wisdom and sit at the feet of a very wise king and listen to his words that enlighten my mind and soul – like Mary at the feet of Jesus. For the Lord Himself said that Mary had chosen the better thing – the only thing that was needed – and that was to keep still and listen to His words of life (Luke 10:42).
But even in our own homes, we could live in the atmosphere of wisdom practiced daily. As parents or older siblings, we could surround our family and staff (most Asian households, especially in the Philippines, live with other relatives and employ stay-in housemaids and nannies) with wisdom that teaches and helps them grow in the knowledge of God.
The Bible advises us to get wisdom first and foremost:
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding. (Prov. 4:7)
And we do this by asking the Lord for the gift of wisdom:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5 NIV)
As parents, we are given the noble duty of rearing our children in a way that is pleasing to God, and the best tool that we can use to successfully accomplish this is wisdom gained from His Word – by reading and meditating on it with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
This is how we grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him: spending precious time at the King’s feet – praising and worshiping, praying in the spirit, and studying His Word daily. Regular communing with the Lord makes His light remain shining brightly in our hearts, minds and souls.
When we surround ourselves with the wisdom that’s from above, we can, in turn, surround our loved ones, friends, employees or co-workers with the same wisdom we have gained. And what is this wisdom that we should desire?
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. (James 3:17 NLT)
The verse above is the best guide that we can use in all our interactions. Oh, if only everyone learns to live by this, I believe there would be no discord in our families and communities but only peace and harmony!
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