Most of the Proverbs are dedicated to a little thing called wisdom. I suppose the greatest seeker of wisdom (Solomon) would see that it was wise to write down all he’d learned during the first couple of years of his reign. I think it is interesting that when Soloman became King, God offered him anything he wanted, all he had to do was name it. He could have chosen anything – wealth, power, fame, notoriety, long life, happiness, a beautiful wife, hundreds of sons, or a fast chariot and a hot meal. Truly, when God is offering you ‘one wish’ the choices are so overwhelming and so limitless.
Of all the things that Solomon could have asked for he chose to ask God for wisdom. Wisdom to rule the people fairly and justly. Wisdom to discern right decisions and to see wrong ones clearly. Wisdom to follow God in all the ways of his father David. I think there is an amazing example to us in his choice. He wanted to honor God above all else, and being a good King was paramount to making a name for himself. And for those of you who aren’t too familiar with this account, God did honor Solomon. God was so pleased that Solomon didn’t jump at the opportunity to be the most powerful or wealthy man on earth that he not only granted him wisdom but he also rewarded him with great wealth, influence, power and prowess. Solomon was one of the greatest Kings Israel had known.
We too can obtain the wisdom of Solomon, if we only ask God for it. If we seek it with a pure heart and commit fully to her (wisdom’s) ways God will honor us too in this choice.