Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:17 KJV
How could a man considered to be the Wisest King (Solomon) act so foolishly (1 Kings 11:4)? Why would the Father of Faith (Abraham) display lack of faith (Gen. 12:10-13)? A man after God's own Heart (David) commit adultery, conspiracy to murder and polygamy (2 Sam 11; 2 Sam. 5:13).
There are many critics of the Bible rightly questioning the questionable if not abhorrently wrong decisions made by Biblical characters. Through these actions one is baffled by the morality taught by the scriptures.
This is actually what makes the Bible and Christianity unique because it is NOT just a morality or ethics program. One great example is the Book of Proverbs by King Solomon, considered as the Wisest King, he wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1005 songs. Some of notable proverbs written by him are:
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. Pro. 10:20
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Pro. 15:1
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith Pro 15:17
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.- Pro. 22:6
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Pro 27:17
It is easy for us then for us to think that the Book of Proverbs, or the whole Bible for that matter, is just a book of suggestions on how to live a better life. Contrary to this common thinking of Proverbs and the scripture, it is that is much more deeper than that. Solomon did not live wisely to the point he was depressed and discouraged in life that he wrote
“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.” And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
Ecclesiastes 12:8-12 NKJV
And yet he followed up with the following verses concluding all his assessment.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV
This is the purpose of the Scriptures, to point us away from human heroes including ourselves and to point us to God. Time and time again we see human heroes fail yet God is faithfully calling us to find refuge in Him.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 KJV
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
Proverbs 3:7 KJV
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
So who then is God? God is the sole source of wisdom. There are only two types of people in the world according to Proverbs. The UNWISE, thinking they are the heroes of their own or the WISE that listens to Omniscient (All-knowing) God of the Universe.
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend (God) that sticketh closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 KJV