Where Did The Proverbs Come From?

No one has ever asked me
to answer a question that had no limits. Sometimes, I have been asked
questions that have encouraged me to “think big” or to “go beyond what
you have thought of in the past” or to “think into the future for what
could be.” Those questions have been very challenging. However, no one
has ever approached me and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give
you.” At least, no one who had the power to give me a “whatever.”

But that happened to Solomon. And the one
who asked him that question was not his father whom he replaced as king.
It was one who was much more powerful than his father and one who,
indeed, could grant Solomon the “whatever” he wished for. It was God
He admitted to God that he was not really
qualified to be a king. In his own eyes he saw himself as “a little
child.” And he asked God to “give Your child a discerning heart” – (not
mind) – “to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and
wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of Yours?” The very
next verse begins with the words, “The Lord was pleased that Solomon
asked for this!” Then said, “I will give you what you asked for and what
you have not asked for: wealth and honor, and in your life time you
will have no equal!”
What an interesting question: “Ask for
whatever you want” – and what a humble answer: “Nothing for myself. My
only desire is to have a discerning heart.”
God granted his request and through him gave us His inspired, infallible, inerrant Proverbs as “life guides.”

Prayer:  Father, in Your wisdom, You gave Your servant wisdom to offer to Your children so they could “live well!” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

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