Who do you write for? Do you encourage a friend with a text or an eMail? Are you sharing in a blog or prayer letter with your financial partners the lessons you’ve learned from life and from the Bible? Have you posted links on Facebook and Twitter about injustices? Why are you sharing these truths, and your heart?
Solomon, the wisest man, wrote 3,000 proverbs and composed 1,005 songs (I Kings 4:29-34). Who did Solomon write for and why? Proverbs 1:1-6 is a treasure trove from this ancient king:
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
- For learning what wisdom and discipline are;
- for understanding insightful sayings;
- for receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
- for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced (or naïve),
- knowledge and discretion to a young man—
- a wise man will listen and increase his learning,
- and a discerning man will obtain guidance—for understanding a proverb or a parable (or enigma), the words of the wise, and their riddles.
Five hundred years afterwards, Plato carved into the doors over his school, “Let no one enter who is not a geometrician.” What a contrast; the philosopher’s closed doors to Solomon’s, which are opened wide to all.
Solomon’s words from 1000 B.C. are very relevant for today’s connected world. Like Solomon, our words, often flung into cyberspace, reach out to the inexperienced, the naïve, the wise, and the discerning. Our advice can teach discretion to someone who is either young in years or young in faith.
We need to mine this wisdom for ourselves before we can share it with others. We know in Colossians 2:3 that “All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ.” So, our first step in reaching out to people is digging into the Word of God to know the Author well.
Out of our storehouse, then, we ‘ll pass wisdom on to others. Like Solomon, we can:
- Teach discipline
- Give insights
- Advise people about righteousness, justice, and integrity
- Help readers develop shrewdness and discretion
- Ground our followers in the Word
- Offer guidance
Has God given you opportunities to share His wisdom with others through the internet?
- This is the beginning of a series from the Book of Proverbs.
- All Bible references are to the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
- I used Wordle.net to create the image from the content of this post.
How to Post like Solomon by Sus Schmitt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
7 thoughts on “How to Post like Solomon”
Great post with solid advice. Interesting that you should post this as I am devoting this year to reading the book of proverbs every month. I have noticed that it is very quotable, practical and perfect Twitter/FB status updates as well as blogging!
Michael, thanks! Expect an eMail from me about your reading Proverbs this year.
I’m loving all the info and insight you have in your blog! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to read more!
Thank you, Katie! I’m glad eQuipping for eMinistry is helpful to you. I try to write twice per week, but I’m on a family trip right now. I’ll be back on track soon.