Along side of the Daniel study, I have been doing my own personal study on God's covenant with Abraham and how it came to be fulfilled along God's timeline of events. The other day, I just finished reading up through when Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea and out of slavery in Egypt.
Yesterday, as I began to read the next section of scripture, I just felt a still, small voice telling me instead to read in Ecclesiastes. While I had been reading about the exodus of the Israelites, I was just thinking about how there just seems to be a cycle. Today, we are still doing the same things that people were doing back then. I kept feeling reminded of the verse in Ecclesiastes when Solomon realized that there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:5-7 says, "The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. 7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again."
In II Chronicles 1:7-12, God asks Solomon what he wants. He told Solomon to ask and He would give it to him. Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge. I could see his wisdom as I read Ecclesiastes yesterday. There really is nothing new under the sun. I really don't view that as a downer, just as wisdom and understanding that the Bible really is true... God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
So today is Thursday... pizza day at the office. Which means that Tony Evans is on the radio when I go to pick up the pizza. When I got in the car today, guess what he was talking about? Wisdom! It was a really great message. In fact, if you want to listen to it, go to http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/The_Alternative/ and listen to the sermon titled "The Blessings of Taking God Seriously" for 4/30/09. Tony said that "Wisdom is the God given ability to perceive the true nature of a thing (what's REALLY going on) and then implement the will of God regarding it (that knowledge)."
In a group that I attend on Tuesday nights, just this week we were talking about overreactions and what's really going on below the surface of that overreaction that we don't realize. Proverbs 2: 4-5 says, "and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God." Tony Evans talked about the fact that silver is under the ground, like a hidden treasure because of its value. It's not on top. You have to be willing to dig for it.
God didn't just give Solomon wisdom. He had to search for it as for hidden treasure. He made a lot of bad decisions. But those bad decisions led to his eyes being opened to wisdom. There really is nothing new under the sun. History is there to teach. You can either learn from it or repeat it.
Wisdom and pizza. What a great combination!