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Thinking Outside The Box vs King Solomon

The idea of thinking “outside the box” is nothing new. It was something that preoccupied the wisest man in history. In Ecclesiastes 1:12 – 13, Solomon said,

“I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven.”

So, did he find this pursuit fulfilling? Sadly, no! Because in verses 14 he added,

“It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with…, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.”


Let me ask you a question: Did God give Solomon wisdom so that he can undertake the “grievous task” to understand everything under the sun? No!

God gave him understanding because Solomon said he wanted to lead Israel in the right way.

So in 1 Kings 3:14 God gave this charge, “If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.”

God did not ask Solomon to think outside the box.

Instead, He told him to obey what was in the box, which was the tablets Moses placed inside the Ark of the Covenant.

I find Ecclesiastes to be one of the saddest books in the Bible. Because in spite of Solomon’s great riches and wisdom, he found his life as vanity and without meaning. But this should not have been the case if he only walked as his father David did, who was a man after the Lord’s heart and who would do His will.

Are you trying to test the limits of God’s laws and trying to challenge His ways? Don’t! Because it is not worth it, and you will only hurt yourself.

At the end of your life, you will still make the same conclusion as Solomon did in Ecclesiastes 12:13,

“The conclusion is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.”


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