11 Vital Life Lessons From King Solomon’s Life & Mistakes

In this post, we will look at the 11 vital life lessons from king Solomon in the old testament that we can apply in our lives today as new testament believers.

There are many lessons that we can learn from Solomon’s life and the wisdom he had. King Solomon’s life contains many lessons and mistakes he made that we need to avoid as Christians today.

Dubbed the wisest man who has ever lived with the exception of our Lord Jesus Christ, King Solomon has valuable life lessons he can teach us that are outlined in the book of Proverbs.

Despite being the wisest man and king who had great wisdom from the Lord, he made some mistakes in his life that we need to avoid today as Christians.

With that said, let’s look at the 11 life lessons from King Solomon’s life in the bible that we need to take heed of as believers today.

11 Life Lessons From Solomon’s Life.

Below are the 11 major life lessons from the life of king Solomon you can apply in your Christian life as a believer to help you become wise and live wisely.

  • Be Wise & Prudent.
  • Be Generous.
  • Be Patient.
  • Trust God With All Your Heart.
  • Learn To Be Wise.
  • The Fear Of The Lord Brings Wisdom.
  • Anyone Can Fall From Grace.
  • Wisdom Is Better Than Riches.
  • Be Humble.
  • Learn To Be A Servant To Others.
  • Fear God.

1. Be Wise & Prudent.

One major lesson we can get from King Solomon is that he was a wise and prudent king. He knew how to take care of his kingdom, his people, his family, and his wealth.

He was also a man of peace, who tried to solve conflicts between people by talking things out instead of fighting them out. He was not greedy for riches or honors; rather he lived a simple life with the help of God’s grace and wisdom.

Just as King Solomon was wise and prudent with great wisdom, God’s word also tells us to be wise and prudent in our lives so that we don’t end up wasting our lives due to foolishness.

Related: Importance Of Godly Wisdom (& Why You Must Have It ASAP).

2. Be Generous.

The second lesson we can get from King Solomon is that he was generous with his wealth and gave away large sums of money to widows and orphans in need (1 Kings 10:14, 1 Kings 5:12 ).

He was not greedy with his wealth and due to his generosity, God blessed him abundantly other than giving him great wisdom he used to rule Israel wisely.

In like manner as believers, we are called to be generous with our wealth, especially to the needy and the poor. It’s why we are told in 1 Peter 4:9 that we must be given hospitality, especially to people we share the same faith with.

3. Be Patient.

The third life lesson we can learn from King Solomon’s life is that he was also a man of great patience which explains why he received the great the Lord had to offer in his life, unlike King Saul who was impatient and was rejected in the end.

As a king, he never tried to rush things with God considering it took him around 40 years before he became king unlike the would-be kings who came before him who wanted to be kings of Israel without God’s approval.

You also must learn to be patient and not rush things with God if you want to receive the best from Him in all areas of your life. If King Solomon was impatient and tried to rush things with God, he wouldn’t have been a king and the wisest person who’s ever lived.

Related: 5 Ugly Consequences Of Not Waiting On God For His Timing.

4. Trust God With All Your Heart.

The fourth lesson the life of King Solomon gives us is we must learn to trust God with all our hearts rather than trying to lean on our own understanding.

It’s why Proverbs 3:5,6 tells us to trust the Lord with all our hearts and not to lean on our own understanding by acknowledging Him in all our ways so that He can make our ways straight.

King Solomon was able to rule Israel with great wisdom because he trusted God, which is why he asked Him for wisdom in 1 Kings 3:1-15 on how he can be a wise king who rules His people with great wisdom, justice, and equity.

Related: 12 Benefits Of Trusting God [To Help You Trust Him More].

5. Learn To Be Wise.

The fifth life lesson that the life of King Solomon teaches us is that we must learn to be wise by making wise choices in life and not to become foolish by obeying the commandments of the Lord where godly wisdom comes from.

King Solomon was wise because he obeyed whatever the Lord had commanded him concerning his life and walked in the statutes his father King David walked before him.

You as well must learn to be wise by not despising the instructions of the Lord written in His word because if you do that, you will become foolish and ruin your life.


6. The Fear Of The Lord Brings Wisdom.

The sixth lesson King Solomon’s life teaches us is the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Solomon became wise and the wise person who has ever lived because he feared the Lord and obeyed what God commanded him.

It’s why we are told in Proverbs 1:7 that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom but fools despise knowledge and instructions from the Lord.

So, if you want to be wise in this life and not mess your life up, start fearing the Lord if you haven’t been doing so by departing from evil. Only then, will you become a wise person and have good days here on earth.

Related: 7 Vital Benefits Of Godly Wisdom (& Why You Need It ASAP).

7. Anyone Can Fall From Grace.

The seventh lesson we can get from King Solomon’s life is that anyone can fall from grace if one is careless as we see in the life of Solomon who married foreign women who turned his heart from the Lord.

Due to this, he began to worship the false gods his foreign wives and concubines served which made the Lord angry despite several warnings from the Lord, which he ignored. This is why as believers we need to be careful with whom we choose to marry.

King Solomon falling for grace at one point in his life despite being the wisest person who’s ever lived must be an important lesson to all of us that none is immune from falling from grace no matter how strong you can seem to be in the Lord if you are careless.

8. Wisdom Is Better Than Riches.

The eighth lesson, we get from King Solomon’s life is that wisdom is better than riches because wisdom is what brings wealth, success, honor, and riches in one’s life (Proverbs 3:17-19).

It’s why we are told in Proverbs 16:16 that wisdom is better than wealth and riches. Solomon was rich because he had godly wisdom that promoted him to riches he had. Without wisdom, he would never have the wealth he had.

You need to understand that having money isn’t what makes a person wealthy but the wisdom to manage your finances is what will bring you wealth. Lack of wisdom is the reason why many can have money today and still get broke tomorrow and remain poor.

9. Be Humble.

The ninth life lesson we get from King Solomon’s life is that you need to be humble if you want the Lord to exalt you and not bring you down if you are full of pride.

Proverbs 16:18 tells us pride always comes before destruction and a spirit of haughtiness before a great fall. God was able to promote and exalt Salmon to be the king of Israel because he was humble before the Lord.

In like manner, if you want the Lord to uplift you, learn to be humble and avoid pride like the deadliest plague known to man because if you exalt yourself in your pride you will be humbled but if you humble yourself, you shall be exalted (Luke 14:11).

10. Learn To Be A Servant To Others.

The tenth life lesson that the life of Solomon tells us is that we need to learn to love and be servants to others by selflessly serving them especially if we are in positions of authority.

Despite being a king of Israel, Solomon was also a servant to the people he served with all his heart and he was not greedy for material gain, which is sadly the case with many so-called fake pastors of today who are just there to enrich themselves with silver and gold.

If you are a leader in any capacity in your life be it in church or nation, the life of Solomon must be a reminder to you that you are called to serve others as a leader and not to enrich yourself at the expense of the sheep you have bee entrusted with by God to serve.

11. Fear God.

Last but not least, the life of Solomon also teaches us that we must fear God and depart from evil if we want to have good days on earth.

It’s why Solomon goes on further to say in Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 that the whole duty of mankind is to fear God and to keep His commandments as one day, we will all have to give an account of our earthly lives we lived on earth.

So, if you want God’s favor and blessings of all types to be in your life, learn to fear God and depart from evil. By so doing, you will preserve your life unto eternity and deliver yourself from the wrath to come.

Related: 5 Horrible Consequences Of Not Fearing God In Your Life.


I hope the above 11 lessons from King Solomon’s life will help you be a wiser person so that you don’t ruin your life by making foolish choices you will end up regretting later.

My prayer for you after reading this is that the above life lessons from Solomon’s life you have read will help you avoid the pitfalls and mistakes Solomon made in his life.

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