The Dancing Puritan

Monday, March 4, 2013

Are you Interesting?

Leading marriage retreats keeps me in the writings of Solomon, especially the Song of Solomon.  It struck me this morning that part of the attraction of the man to the woman in that book is probably connected to the fact that the man was interesting.  He was not a bore that caused a snore.

He knew and saw life in multi-colors.

Now, Solomon was Solomon and we are not. God gave Solomon unusual wisdom, insight, knowledge and understanding.

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 (I Kings 4:29-30).

Though Solomon had unusual wisdom, all of God's children are to walk in wisdom (see the book of Proverbs). If we are lacking wisdom, on any particular matter, then we are to ask God for wisdom--the kind of wisdom that can be used to make good decisions that benefit others (James 1:5).

God is ready to give wisdom to those who ask for it humbly and unselfishly. The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings given to a son from a father. Jesus himself is the personification of wisdom.  To have wisdom requires the knowledge of Christ and his Word.

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 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 (I Kings 4:32-34).

Though you do not have the same amount of wisdom that Solomon had--you have the same source for wisdom that Solomon had. Solomon's wisdom came from God. Your wisdom comes from God also.

What are the keys to being an interesting person who brings God glory and brings delight to others?

1.  Know God through faith in Jesus Christ.
2.  Saturate your heart in the Bible.
3.  Ask God for wisdom to be used for his glory and the good of others.
4.  Be aware and have knowledge of the world around you.  Do you know about trees, beasts, birds, reptiles and fish?
5. Be a man of poetry and music.  Solomon had 1,005 songs on his I-Pod.  Out of the 1,005 songs--he said the best one was the Song of Solomon.  Cultivate a love for good music and make music a part of your daily diet.

There is no excuse for being a boring person.  God has painted this world in multi-colors. He has given us flowers, trees, birds, reptiles and fish. He has given cacao beans and grapes. He has given the ability to make chocolate and wine. He has gifted his people to write poetry, music and songs.

Show some holy curiosity.  Put a death to boredom by swimming in the sea of God's creativity.