Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom. (1 Kings 4:29-33)
On Feburary 11th, 2016, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Director, David Reitze had a new conference, and opened up by slowly telling to the people “Ladies and Gentlemen. We have detected gravitational waves. (pause) We did it.” What a moment! It was predicted exactly 100 years ago by Einstein. National Science Foundation funded this research from 1960s and about billion dollars were spent with a vague hope that we might be able to detect gravitational waves. Even Einstein himself thought that it would be practically impossible to detect because gravitational waves were so week to measure. It was not an easy journey for the LIGOs installed in two locations. During the initial operations between 2002 and 2010, they did not detect any gravitational waves. Rather than being disappointed at the result, the team upgraded the original LIGOs with advanced detectors. The newly upgraded LIGOs were turned on in 2015. They were about ten times more sensitivity than the original ones. Soon the newly updated LIGOs independently detected gravitational waves. Gravity is one of the most familiar forces that we know because we live in the force, but we have the least knowledge about it because we could not measure till now. Praise God, who gave us an ability to create such delicate LIGO instruments. Each of the LIGOs is composed of two 4 Km [about 2.5 miles] long laser beams, a combiner of two beams to detect any length changes by gravitational waves. Most of all, give thanks to God who sent the gravitational wave at the right moment and with the right amount of gravitational waves so that the LIGOs could measure. His wisdom and grace is beyond our comprehension.
In Bible, Solomon is the wisest man. Solomon, who loved the God, walked in the statues of David his father. When Solomon became a king, and from his thankful heart, he offered a thousand burnt offerings to God. The God appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” King Solomon humbly and wisely replayed:
And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 King 3:7-9)
This answer pleased God. And God said to him:
“Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (1 Kings 3:11-14)
Solomon awoke, and realized that it was a dream. Then he offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings to God. And he gave a feast to all his servants. He became truly the wisest king ever lived. He spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. 33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He also spoke of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. People from all nations came to hear Solomon’s wisdom. He was humble and faithful, and the most-
However, Solomon’s humility and faithfulness to God started slowly being eroded. His wealth, power and the wisdom made him slowly move away from God. God, who loved Solomon, appeared twice and warned him not to enter into marriage with foreign women, but he “clung” to them in love. He added foreign wives one by one, and he was ended up with 700 wives and 300 concubines. Then his wives made his heart turned away from God, and instead made him after other foreign gods. His heart was no longer wholly true to the God. Solomon, the wisest king ever, clearly knew God’s word, but he could not win over the desires of his eyes and the flesh. Solomon heard God’s warning twice, but he could not turn back from what he loved. He was trapped.
The beginning of wisdom is to fear the LORD, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding. (Proverb 9:10)
One who really wise fears the God, and rather than relying on one’s own self is the wisest person. Therefore, rather than relying on our own wisdom, which can be easily tainted by the desires of the eyes and the flesh, we show our humility to God, give our true reverence to God, and receive His wisdom coming from the above. Then we acknowledge God in every occasion. He will give us a true understanding, and continue lead us to Him while getting into a deeper relationship with our Lord – the One and Only God with full of love, mercy and grace.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)
Give thanks to God! Every good gift and every perfect gift from Him. He is the Father of lights. In Him, there is no variation or rotating shadow. Whenever we approach to Him, He will open His arms. When we ask wisdom, we will give generously. Praise the Lord, who will never change, and continue loving us regardless who we are and what we are. We are new creations and the first fruits that He pleases. All who are humble and faithful will continue being blessed, and fed by the every good and perfect gift from the above. Sing praise and dancing before Him because of His faithfulness on us!
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