King Solomon of Israel was a very wise man. When he became king of Israel after his father David, God asked him in a dream what he wanted. Here is Solomon’s reply:
1 Kings 3:9 (WEBBE): 9Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this great people of yours?
Here is God giving Solomon a blank cheque, and he chooses wisdom out of all the things in the world!
1 Kings 3:10-12 (WEBBE): 10This request pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have you asked for riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice; 12behold, I have done according to your word. Behold, I have given you a wise and understanding heart; so that there has been no one like you before you, and after you none will arise like you.
So we have seen that King Solomon was the wisest man in history. If there was ever any human that could rely on his own wisdom, it was King Solomon. And yet, read his words in Proverbs 3:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (WEBBE):
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and don’t lean on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
If we walk with the Lord instead of trying to follow our own (limited) wisdom, we will get exactly to where God wants us to be!