Wisdom for God’s People
Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God.” James 1:5a
Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs are three books spanning more than 50 chapters of the Bible. This week’s study follows the story of Solomon, the primary writer of these books. While three books of the Bible are certainly a lot to cover in one session, this brief overview will reveal the wisdom of God for His people as He works out His wise plan for our salvation.
True wisdom comes from God. (See Prov. 2:6.) God made Solomon the wisest man who had ever lived, and people came from all over to listen to his wisdom. (See 1 Kings 4:29-34; 10:1-9.) He wrote most of the Book of Proverbs, which offers practical advice for living wisely. Solomon ruled Israel with great wisdom, but he still turned away from God and pursued His own desires.
Israel needed someone greater than Solomon. God’s plan included that: “Something greater than Solomon is here!” (Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31). Jesus not only taught God’s wisdom, He displayed it perfectly.
The Book of Ecclesiastes teaches us to think carefully about how we should live our lives. Solomon was searching for something to give meaning to his life. In the end Solomon discovered that following God was—and is—the only way to find real happiness.
Finally, King Solomon wrote Song of Songs, which reveals God’s wisdom for relationships—specifically, between a husband and a wife. In the New Testament, the book of Ephesians says that Jesus loves the church as a husband loves his wife. (Eph. 5:22-28)
These books are the inspired words of God. The wisdom offered is not merely suggestions for living; it is part of God’s plan for our sanctification.Wisdom in the Bible shows us how to be like Jesus—in how we live, how we speak, and how we think. But wisdom cannot save us. Only Jesus, who perfectly followed God’s wise plan, can rescue us from sin.
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Wisdom for God’s People
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- There are two ways to live: doing what is foolish and evil or doing what is wise and good.
- Solomon wrote wise thoughts in the Book of Proverbs.
- Wisdom is loving God and obeying His Word.
- Solomon also wrote the Books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.
KEY PASSAGE: James 1:5a
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- What does God know? God knows everything.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Tell about a time you made a foolish choice.
- Tell about a time you made a wise choice.
- How can we get wisdom?
- Can wisdom save us? If not, who can save us?
- Read through several proverbs as a family. Choose one to memorize and put into practice.
- Be mindful to affirm your children when they make a wise choice.