Listen to the experts! Listen to the experts! What about listening to those who have breadth of knowledge and who are well rounded in wisdom? Maybe someone like this guy:
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men–than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations.” (Kings 4:29-31)
Even one with a glowing testimony like that is not omniscient like God. The full spectrum of knowledge is too long and too rich in complexity for the finite human mind. Yet no discipline, no area of expertise can be rightly understood in isolation.
Rather, the more one gathers from the sum of all human knowledge, the greater his effectiveness in his area of expertise will be. When an expert focuses exclusively on his particular point on the spectrum, he risks getting out of touch with the whole…thus becoming less like Solomon. And the more narrow the focus of expertise, the greater that risk becomes.
Illustration: Jones is an experienced mechanic with a working knowledge of just about all things automobile. He works at a mom and pop garage. He can diagnose and repair just about anything on just about any make and model car.
Smith works at a huge car dealership’s service department. His job is rotating tires. He does it all day every day. He’s got it down to a science. He can rotate your tires as fast as an entire pit crew at the Daytona 500. He will need to get some serious cross training before he can repair a transmission, but he’s an expert at tire rotation!
Solomon’s knowledge was more like that of Jones. It was holistic. We read that “…he spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish.” (1 Kings 4:32,33)
So in addition to handing down the stunningly wise judgment recorded at 1 Kings 3:16-26, in addition to causing another head of state to faint with amazement upon arrival to his courtroom (2 Chronicles 9), King David’s son was a songwriter, a proverbialist, a botanist, and a zoologist – including the under disciplines of ornithology, herpetology, and ichthyology.
If you consider his Biblical proverbs (less than one thousand of his three are found in the 30 chapters of that Bible book) along with the book of Ecclesiastes, Psalms 72 and 127 (other canonical Psalms might be Solomonic as well) you will see that his knowledge and wisdom was even more vast.
“And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:34). If Solomon were here and ASKED me to wear a mask, I probably would comply. But would his majesty have COMMANDED it? He was a wise king, not a tyrant.
This all leads us to the One Whose wisdom far exceeds even Solomon. Yes, you know Who…He just popped into your mind, didn’t He? Hear His own words, spoken as only the Son of God can speak, as He refers to Himself and his generation:
“The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.” (Luke 11:31)
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden – wrapped up in – Christ (Colossians 2:3). When one goes beyond acquaintance with Him and gains saving knowledge of Jesus, in fact becoming united to the living Christ, this is written about such a one: “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
This is God’s free gift. Whether you are an expert or not, it’s time for you to wise up and receive it.