In a world that constantly sends children information, it’s important to know that the kids around us are being influenced with truth, integrity, and healthy tools. As parents, caregivers, teachers, neighbors, and friends, we have the responsibility to help guide kids of all ages through a challenging and conflicting time in history. Young people can receive hundreds of lies per day just by television screens, kids around them, tablets, current culture and advertisements, and so much more. Giving children opportunities to hear about good role models, Biblical characters, and other godly leaders is a great way to help them decipher the difference between what the world is teaching and what God says is actually true.
Solomon is an example of such a person! Not only did Solomon do a lot of things right, but he also made mistakes and suffered for them. He’s an excellent example of a human being who was touched by the hand of God, who worked hard with what he knew, acquired much, and also made difficult detours. At his best, he asked for wisdom and godly instruction and shared that with us all. At his worst, he forgot some of the things he had previously learned and ended up walking away from God’s heart. Children need to hear both the victories and the defeat of Bible heroes to understand God’s discipline, sovereignty, truth, grace, and mercy. Solomon is a picture of that for everyone who hears his story. It’s important to know that God can be gracious and generous with us and that we need to fully follow through with His instructions.
If we were to sit down and look directly at Solomon’s life, there are several reasons why his writings and life give us a better understanding of God’s heart. In many ways, we can share in Solomon’s good characteristics, his heart for wisdom, and his hard work. He was a great example of honesty, truth, common sense, and even critical thinking.
If kids today want to chew on a few principles from Solomon’s life, here is a small list of his best characteristics:
When asked by God what he wanted, Solomon could have asked for anything! He could have been selfish by asking for more money, a bigger house, or expensive food to eat, but he didn’t. He chose to ask God for wisdom. He wanted to know God’s heart and mind for the matters he would encounter in his lifetime. Practice today by praying and asking for God’s wisdom; He is sure to give it to you just like He did with Solomon.