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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This Week in History: Einstein was Born

On March 14th, 1879, aka 133 years ago this week, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. Einstein was known for his brilliance. After all his brilliance gave our world contributions to science such as the theories of special and general relativity, and quantum theory. He even won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.

When we think of Albert Einstein today we think of a man who was a genius. He was smarter then anyone else in his time. In the Bible we find a individual who is said to be brilliant as  well. In 1 Kings 4 the Bible tells us that Solomon was wiser than all other men during his time. I would take an educated guess and say that behind Jesus, Solomon was the wisest man to ever walk this earth.

"And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the surrounding nations...And people of all nations came to hear the widom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom (1 Kings 4:29-34)."

The most interesting thing about King Solomon is with all the wisdom that God gave him, he tried to live life with worldly priorities until he realized it didn't work. In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon tells us that life is vanity without God as its priority. He ends his book by saying "The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)." Solomon is making the point that the only thing that matters in life is whether or not you have served God.

When we think of a brilliant man we think of men like Einstein who have made wonderful contributions to our earth. However true brilliance comes from someone who recognizes the importance of following God, and then follows him! Are you following God?

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