As the wise Solomon teaches his own son, he is fulfilling God's instructions given in Deuteronomy 6:7-9. 'Teach God's law to your children. Talk about God's law at home! Talk about it, when you travel! Talk about it, when you lie down! Talk about it, when you wake! Tie the words of God's law on your hands! Tie the words about your head! Write God's law on your doorposts and gates.' By doing this he is living God's law, not just talking about it. he is teaching his son to do the same. In other words we are to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Those within our circle of influence will recognize and respect us when our deeds speak louder than our words.
We must trust in God, and not our own pride or worldly knowledge. Keeping God in our thoughts will keep us centered in love, and making our day to day decisions from the perspective of love. In this attitude we can "plug in" to His guidance and stay on the path which is life.
Solomon teaches his son to trust in God, first and foremost, and with all his heart. Some people trust wealth, others trust governments, an still others trust luck or fate. These may fail us, but God never fails us. Some trust God, but not all the time, giving part of their lives to God, but pushing him out of other parts. He desires and is worthy to be Lord over our lives, at home, in the work place, on vacation, all of it.
The God who created heaven and earth desires to walk with you and lead you on the path that is life. He will provide for you, He will discipline you, He will delight in filling your life with abundance and joy. He knows the future and can see what lies ahead with every choice we might make. Wisdom then dictates that accepting His guidance will result in the best possible choices, leading us to the the most joyful and most fulfilling result.
We must honor God with the best we have to offer. The best of our time, our talents, and our wealth. All that we give to Him , and to honor Him, will be returned to us many times over.
Solomon was very wealthy, but he knew that true wealth is not money. Wisdom is worth far more than money. We can put our money in the bank and earn a little interest, we can hide it in our mattress for fear the banks may not remain solvent, but wisdom will yield a higher return than any bank or financial investment we may find. Wisdom can lead you where no financial advisor can take you.
David, Solomon's father, wrote, 'Even when death is near, you (God) are with me. So, I am not afraid. You guide and comfort me' (Psalm 23:4). David felt the same discomforts we do when he was in danger, and he faced many dangers; but he trusted that God's joy was in his spirit, and was able to face thoses dangers with courage rather than fear.
Wisdom is the foundation of creation. Wisdom will keep us safe, guide our steps, bring us peace, and keep us steady when temptation and danger lurk. It teaches us kindness and sensitivity, to help without delay when needed, to live in harmony with others, and to be humbled by God's grace. Seeking and embracing wisdom, will be honored by God, but foolishness will result in shame and tie us to worldly discontent, rather than the abundant life God desires for us.