History demonstrates a pattern among God’s men: when they pursue His truth and recognize wisdom as a God-given gift, they thrive.
In fact, Solomon’s reputation for wisdom was so great that it extended well beyond his immediate territory.
The Queen of Sheba heard reports of his wisdom and came to him with questions, and “nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her.” She marveled that his wisdom exceeded even the reports she had heard.
She also understood that Solomon’s success originated with God.
“Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”
1 Kings 10:9
Solomon prospered when he sought God’s wisdom. When he turned away from God and lost sight of His truth, Solomon suffered the consequences.
David and Saul shared the same story, and most of us do, too.
We forget that our wisdom is a gift from God. Though Solomon was among the wisest men who ever lived, without God’s truth, his knowledge was meaningless.
We also forget that we have an enemy who seeks to turn us from God. He did it to Adam and he did it to Solomon. He even tried to do the same to Jesus.
“I will give you all this earthly authority if you would just worship me.”
Jesus understood the enemy’s intent and recognized the attempt to turn Him from the will of the Father. Unlike the others before him, He understood Satan’s intentions and responded with God’s word.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Jesus knew that all authority had been given to Him by the Father, and he reclaimed it for man when He came to earth.
Now, that authority has been given to those of us who belong to Him. With that authority comes a great responsibility to and over the world.
We must, however, constantly seek His authority and power, and we must never forget that we are still accountable for the ways we use our knowledge.
The men of Junto Tribe strive to seek God’s authority daily. We’re working in community to use our knowledge for His good and to hold each other accountable to the same.
If each of us fully understood our authority and used it to impact our corner of the world, the world would be a different place.
How will you start?