Did Solomon Practice His Wisdom?
Like Solomon, as great of a king and prophet that he was, he committed evil acts against God demonstrating that no one is righteous, not even he (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10). Thus through God’s wisdom Solomon understood that we no longer live in the Garden of Eden, but in a fallen world.
Solomon wisely said, "If they sin against you--for there is no one who does not sin—…” (1Kings 8:46).
Consider that the wisdom attributed to Solomon was not his own. It was God’s working in and through him as a blessing to David, the Israelites, and His chosen city Jerusalem. God chose Solomon for His divine purpose and because of his great love for David He tempered His judgment upon him (Solomon), (1 Kings 11: 9-12).
Despite his weaknesses Solomon is portrayed overall as having passion for God, yet he is not presented as one who must be envied. We too, must look to God alone in awe and reverent fear so that we who are sinners who sin, will be led into understanding of who and what He is and His purpose and plan for our lives (Psalm 111:10).
Lastly, what Solomon failed to do to be a perfect man of wisdom, Christ fulfilled perfectly. Our focus then should be on Christ who is the wisest of all.