The Humility of Solomon

Michael Beck

“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)

Solomon was only wise because he received wisdom from above. If God had not been with him when he sat in the place of judgment he would have given the baby to the wrong mother. He himself saw how prone men were to judge unrighteously: “And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.” (Ecclesiastes 3:16)

Men are so apt to judge after the seeing of their eye and the hearing of their ear. They easily condemn the just and justify the wicked. Jesus was counted a blasphemer and a transgressor by those who sat in judgment. Paul was despised and rejected by those at Corinth who flowed in the gifts of the Spirit. Firstly, Paul told them that he counted their judgment of him as unimportant, and secondly that they should “judge nothing before the time” when we all stand before the throne of the Righteous Judge. (1 Cor. 4:3-5)

Be so careful of being hasty in judgment. Be as humble as Solomon in asking for wisdom. Don’t be so sure of what your eyes see and ears hear. Don’t assume because you are filled with the Spirit you are right in everything you think. You could end up breaking a mother’s heart; slandering an apostle; or condemning the Lord of glory.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.