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“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.”

– Proverbs 4:5,6

Today I want to share one last thought regarding King Solomon and his use of the great heavenly treasure of wisdom that he received from the Lord. It is likely that you know a truly wise person who gives incredibly good advice, but never follows it themselves despite the fact that they are so wise! In the world of leadership, this is referred to as the Solomon Paradox. Have you ever given great advice but failed to take it yourself? 

Here is a simple exercise that can help you escape the Solomon Paradox the next time you are faced with a big challenge. I would like you to write an email to yourself that says, “Dear Bobby (insert your name here), — I had this exchange and challenge (be specific) today and I am unsure of what to do next. Do you have any advice for me?” Read it and write an email response to yourself. Of course you will give yourself the best advice, but you may be tempted not to follow it. Do not fall into the trap of the Solomon Paradox, which implies that you have heavenly treasures but refuse to use them. 

Friend, Solomon had a huge heavenly portfolio, but he lost his ATM card. Despite having billions of dollars, he lost his checkbook. All of it was there, but he gave up access to it. When you turn your back on the Lord, you turn your back on everything that gives life in this world. Continue to save, store, and build your heavenly portfolio by trusting God. Please remember that whatever you receive — all the wealth, the goodwill, and all the blessings that come your way, come from the Lord. 

Prayer


Father, keep me from turning away from your wisdom.

Reflection


How do you attribute your blessings to the Lord?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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