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Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)
TITLE: Solomon's True Measure
By Linda Boulanger
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I am Solomon, the wisest of all men. The Lord honored me, appearing to me in a dream, asking me what I might request of Him. After great thought, I asked for an understanding heart that I might judge the people; that I might discern between good and bad. My Lord was pleased with what I’d asked. He gave me a wise and understanding heart along with riches, wealth, and honor. There was none like me. There had been no other possessing such wisdom before me and there would be no one as wise to come after. I was revered by man, loved by God. He blessed me greatly.
But I fell away. I allowed desires of the flesh to corrupt me, much as a child might do. Only my digressions were in adult issues. I wanted to do things my way, make my own choices. I ignored what the Lord had told me, what He had given to me. He became angry with me. I did not keep what He commanded me and His chastisement fell upon me. I was punished as He would any of his children.
I would lose my kingdom. Yet, for the sake of my father, God’s beloved David, a portion was to be retained by my son; a small portion of a once mighty kingdom. I would not see this happen in my lifetime either. I suppose that was a part of my punishment; the time that I had to dwell on what was to happen.
Oh how I lamented over what I had done. No matter how I tried, I could not erase the changes in the course of life that I had set in place with my disobedience. I thought back on how, as a man of few years, I had asked for and received wisdom, only to throw it away as I matured into full adulthood. I behaved in a child-like manner, wanting more, indulging in desires that I knew I should have turned away from. I should have put this childishness away from me and walked in the wisdom of my Lord.
I know that I cannot undo what has transpired. But I can change what becomes of my life for the rest of my days here on earth and ever after. Do I still retain enough wisdom to reach forth to my Lord and receive my forgiveness or do I continue to wallow in self-pity and loathing over what I have done? Do I refuse to forgive myself or turn to Him and accept God’s unmerited mercy? In the end, it is this decision alone that will determine the true measure of my wisdom. I am Solomon. Am I truly the wisest of all men?
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