The wisest king in the Bible missed the point. Solomon was able to write chapters of wise thoughts. Solomon was able to reflect philosophically on numerous perspectives of life and reduce the complexities of relationships, priorities and values into wise reflections and directives of how to live a joyful and blessed life as a person who feared God. Solomon was able to offer strong rebukes and warnings about falling into traps and snares of sin. Yet, Solomon who was the wisest and richest King of Israel missed the point of many of his own writings.
Solomon missed the point of life even though he was very wise about life. Solomon knew more about life than almost anyone. Solomon wrote more about life that anyone in the Old Testament than the major Prophets, Moses and his father David. Solomon built more buildings, palaces and temples than any other king of Israel. Solomon had more money and gold than the other kings of Israel and owned more chariots and horses than the other kings of Israel but Solomon failes to let his heart be satisfied with his God.
Solomon in the very height of reign begins an endless, futile and insatiable quest for more riches, palaces and wives. Solomon’s coveting, greed, pride and inability to find satisfaction in the accumulation and possession of more and more led him to seek more and more. In the end, Solomon’s more leaves him distant from having purpose in life and all of his more brings him judgement from the God who had previously blessed him richly. All of Solomon’s more became pointless and all of the wives, palaces and riches were little value because he had lost his heart for God.
Solomon has been labeled as “The Wisest Fool” and “The Brilliant Failure” because while he wrote brilliantly and profoundly about the folly of sin and the destruction, it would bring; but he misses the point of applying it to his own life. Even though Solomon writes that “the love of pleasure will bring poverty,” he fails to see how poor he has become in his love for all pleasures of life. He fails to realize he has turned away from the “pursuit of righteousness and loyalty” which would bring “life, righteousness and honor” (Proverbs 13:25) and finds his life void of righteousness even though it is filled with extravagant luxuries. Solomon fails to see how much of the blessing of God, he has lost in the loving of countless wives. Actually all of Solomon’s wives, accomplishments, palaces and massive amounts of gold, horses and chariots could not satisfy him because his heart was far from his God. All of the things of life, had taken him away from his God. Finally, even though Solomon sees the fear of God as leading to life (Proverbs 19:23), he sets aside the life that the fear of God would bring. Solomon’s life ends quite sadly because amidst all that he had around him, he had lost the only thing that mattered. Solomon had lost his heart for God.
“And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29