Benefits of Wisdom (5): Privileged Companions

How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom!1 Kings 10:8 (New Living Translation)

Another benefit of wisdom is crystallised in this passage: wisdom makes a happy and fortunate companion. The relatives, friends, colleagues, associates, mates and acquaintances of a wise man are blessed – at least those that interact constantly with him – because his wisdom rubs off them, making them wise also. That is why the Bible says “He who walks with the wise will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).

Apart from the magnetic aura of Solomon, the Queen of Sheba must have been equally overwhelmed by the dignified comportments of his people that she could not help gushing out in excitement, eulogising Solomon and congratulating his attendants. While it is pleasant to be related to or acquainted with a really wise fellow, it is a great privilege to have direct access to him.

As we know, wisdom does not broadcast itself; but it cannot go unnoticed either in the general bearing of someone possessed of it. Solomon was the centre of attraction in the context of this passage, but his chiefs and servants could not but be noticed because they too exuded wisdom effortlessly in their words and conducts. Having been with Solomon for a length of time, it was only natural that they too would think, talk, act, and reason like him wherever they found themselves.

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And that is one of the benefits of wisdom; it rubs off on your companions and avails them some of the privileges of wisdom. That was why Solomon’s courtiers were described as privileged and blessed to have been exposed to his intelligence firsthand at regular intervals. It is pleasant to be acquainted with a really wise person, but it is a great privilege to have direct access to him.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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