I know it’s a bit self-indulgent to talk about this, but I remember from a very early age being fascinated by the story in the Bible of King David’s son, Solomon who was asked by God, “what can I give you?”
In reply Solomon asks for wisdom to help him be a good King – a request which God grants.
The book of Proverbs in the Bible contains a significant number of observations and sayings attributed mainly to Solomon (though also to one or two other people) and, particularly in Eugene Peterson’s Message ‘translation’, some of these are remarkably blunt yet still with a ring of ‘truth’ about them – which makes this one of my favourite books. It helps that the book is arranged into 31 chapters, which makes it easy to read through it once a month (which I try to do – not religiously – but because I enjoy it).
The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom; another of my favourite quotes is from James 1:5 which says, “
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God” – so I’m aiming to take some time through August to share one of my favourite bits from one chapter each day – you’re welcome to dip in and out with me and see if this little book of ancient-wisdom-in-modern-language might have something useful to say to us today.