The relatability of Bible characters to our own life experiences and circumstances brings such humanity to their life story.  Without realizing it, we often exalt Bible characters to levels they themselves never achieved or viewed themselves as attaining.  Solomon was one of those characters.  We see Solomon as a positioned son when it came to his kingship, a pioneer in his construction of the temple and his own home, as well as a man full of problems.  As you read about Solomon or the things he said, you hear in his spirit a man who desired to understand people, the way they thought, why they acted and responded to life’s constant changes.

One of Solomon’s observations of people is found in Proverbs 14:29 which says, “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding…”Recently God reminded me through my son how quickly we can forget that we should be “slow” to wrath.  As my 6 year old and I walked down the hallway at church, my son began to laugh and I heard the voice of the dear saint at the other end of the hallway who was obviously having some throat issues that day.  I began to rebuke him for laughing at someone else’s difficulty.  By the time I finally finished my eloquent rebuke, he looked up at me and said, “Dad, what are you talking about?”  I said, “Son you were laughing at that person!”  He said, “No Daddy, I never heard them, one of the other men said something funny to me as we walked by their office.”  Hmm…boy I felt like mud!  I realized very quickly that I was in error.  Below are the errors I made:

  1. I judged my son’s actions based upon my own personal view of the situation. Proverbs 18:13
  2. I realized that my son’s heart, mind, and motives are not as corrupt as my own. Proverbs 14:17
  3. I realized that asking for forgiveness was more important than justifying my position. Proverbs 15:1

We must be careful not to judge everyone’s motives by our own personal view of a situation.  Let me encourage you that if you have found yourself quick to condemn, try to be just as quick to ask or give forgiveness.  Consider this final illustration, how many times have you talked to your children and had to kneel to talk to them?  Have you ever asked yourself why you kneel to talk to them?  The simple answer is so I can talk to them eye to eye.  My son’s perception of the world, life and people is seen through a small 3 foot 6 inch body whose eyes typically have to “look up” to see but my 6 foot 6 inch body often has to often “look down”.  If I am not careful, I will spend more time “looking down” on others actions, assumptions, and motives than “looking up”.  As we desire to grow to be more like Jesus, we must allow Jesus to become the measuring stick and balance for every situation that comes our way.  Today let me encourage you to learn from the God-given wisdom that Solomon had and ask God to give you a spirit that is “slow to wrath”.