Read Proverbs 9:1-18
King Solomon was thought of as the most wise person of his time. He asked for and was granted vast amounts of knowledge by God. He was rewarded for his pursuit of knowledge by being allowed to build The Lord’s Temple. This was a big deal, his father, David wanted to be the man to accomplish this feat. Instead it fell to his son, Solomon. His love of God allowed Solomon to live a good life, beloved by the people he ruled and people beyond his rule.
King Saul, by contrast, had a thirst for power. He was more interested in his conquests, and his legacy. He mocked David when the young boy volunteered to face Goliath the Philistine. He then mocked David after he was informed he was the last of his family to be anointed as king. Saul mocked David until his death. He was a ruined king. His soldiers did not respect him, his son Jonathan rebuked him for his hatred of David. His love of himself caused Saul to be a miserable and lonely human being. He suffered until death.
Two kings, separated by David, in stark contrast of one another, display for us the way we should and should not be. To forsake knowledge of God to pursue our goals is folly and leads to suffering. To pursue the knowledge of God and to love others, especially those that serve you, is life. It is what gives you strength and purpose. It is the purpose of life.
Will you lay your goals aside to pursue knowledge of God and His goals for your life?
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer” – Proverbs 9:10-12