The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here.
Whether you’re starting a new school year in kindergarten, high school, or college, starting school begins a new season in the life of any student. School is an important place. Those who hunger for valuable knowledge search for helpful teachers. Students must be ready to listen, adapt, and obey teachers in this new season of learning.
If you’re in a new season of learning, looking for a new job, or beginning a new marriage, you’ll need wisdom.
In Proverbs 4:7, we read, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” I love that. Basically, it tells us that if you want to be seen as wise, don’t stand around telling people you’re wise. Get wisdom. Don’t put the word wise in your email address. Just get the wisdom. Don’t start a blog about how wise you are. Just get the wisdom.
How do you get wisdom? You can read about getting wisdom in the Bible. We read in Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” If we want to listen to wise teachers, to whom should we turn? People in the Bible agree with today’s generation of wise people that those who fear the Lord and follow his principles are the wise teachers.
The Queen of the South came a great distance to listen to Solomon. It wasn’t for entertainment purposes. Solomon’s words were important. Many people came to listen to Solomon because he was the wisest person in the world. God had given him the ability to speak more wisdom than anyone else before him. It seems to me that if you want to be wise, you listen to the wisest people.
Solomon, the wisest man, wrote some pretty wise words in the Proverbs. For instance, Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” If the wisest man gives you instruction, do what he says. Solomon tells us to listen to the Lord if we want to get wisdom and understanding. Why? Because that’s where he got his wisdom and understanding.
Seek out wisdom in God’s presence and in his words. Ask God to guide you into wisdom. And when he says to do something, do it.
Do you listen to God and obey him? That’s wisdom.