Posts Tagged ‘solomon’

“There is no Fool like an Old Fool”

September 28, 2019

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I have been aware for some time now that advanced years are not always synonymous with wisdom. When elderly people are arrested for serious drug smuggling (as has happened recently) it just seems so much worse than young people who have been caught up in the same scenario. Also, I was listening to an interview recently in which an ex-R.C. priest (nearly 90 years old) stated that he “had no regrets” with regard to the terrorism (including links with Libya) he had been involved in – and furthermore he wished that he had been more “effective.”
These older people did not appear to be repentant at all about the deep sins they had committed; how horrifying to go out into eternity with all this on one’s conscience. It is useless, too, to go to another sinful man to confess these sins, for only God can forgive and cleanse the sin-stained soul. (1Timothy 2v5)
In the story of Job we read of older men who, although probably not criminals as such, definitely lacked wisdom in their attitude to Job’s misfortune. The young man, Elihu, addresses them wisely… “I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you my opinion. I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgement.” (Job 32v6-9)
In 1Kings 4v29&30 we read that “God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.”
However, a few chapters further on sadly an older Solomon “went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.” (1Kings 11v5&6)
“Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.” (Ecclesiastes 4v13)
When Solomon asked for wisdom at the outset of his reign, he asked for something very wonderful indeed and something, I believe, which is totally within the Lord’s will for His people to have today. Indeed, those who have committed their lives to the Lord in any generation would do well to “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of thy mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.” (Proverbs 4v5&6)
When I look at events in our world today, sadly there are people (such as in the recent examples I have given) who have never had the wisdom to repent and put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ in the first place. They walk in darkness – but I pray, even as they stand on the brink of eternity, that some light would penetrate into the dungeon of their souls and that they would see that “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3v3)
As for the Christian, “the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11v30) In my own life, as the years roll by I would like to think that I would learn to covet this great and precious attribute for there are situations in life which call for great wisdom. “Wisdom is better than rubies; and all things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” (Proverbs 8v11)
On a recent birthday card to a person of a significant age, I wrote… “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90v12) I shudder to think that hours wasted foolishly can never be reclaimed and yet “his mercies endureth forever” (Psalm 136) and He is able to forgive and to “restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.” (Joel 2v25)
And so “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver thee.” (Proverbs 4v7-9)

Primroses, New Life – and Showers of Blessing!

March 23, 2011

My favourite wild flower of spring is the primrose. Its delicate fragrance and colour is a joy to experience, tastefully decorating the ditches and hedgerows in this part of Europe. I love those verses in Song of Solomon 2v11&12… “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;” These lovely words fill me with optimism, although it must be said that Solomon had never experienced an Irish winter, which often lasts longer than we would wish!

When we entrust our lives into the Creator of all life, we inherit something special – a deep appreciation of the beauty of His creation. Although tainted by man, we can still experience something of its wonder and beauty when we visit some unspoilt countryside. How glorious is spring; that newness of life, which is not just a renewal, but new vibrant and budding life – a victory over death!  Just as spring emerges from the pessimistic gloom of winter, our lives can emerge from a spiritual death, as cold as winter itself – when we repent of our sin, asking Jesus to forgive us and take control. I once wrote the following, a simple acrostic verse that children may appreciate, which expresses my love of the flower and my joy in God’s creation and in the knowledge of sins forgiven through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Primroses in the Gloaming

(2Cor. 5v17)

Perfume so fragrant at the dawn of spring

Rose to meet me one twilight evening.

I hummed a tune as I strode along,

My heart as content as a bird in song.

Red was the sunset through clouds of the west,

Over the trees flapped the last crow to nest,

Silently, gently, I picked one pale flower…

Enraptured my soul after the shower!

 

Elizabeth Burke