Solomon wrote three books of wisdom – Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Each of them addresses different parts of life, and all of them are about how to live godly and wise in all areas of life.
So often we separate out the “spiritual” (meaning Sunday mornings, Bible studies, and times when we are praying) from the rest of our lives. But ALL of life is spiritual (your soul is with you everywhere you go!). God cares about how we live every moment of our lives, and He wants to be a part of every moment, and our call is to live every moment for His glory.
Solomon starts us off by saying the fear (honor, reverence, holy fear) of God is the beginning of wisdom – it is where it starts; it is the source. God comes first. Solomon then gives a warning – if you don’t follow wisdom, your life will face ruin. Solomon is wise enough to know that the evil get good things, but he is wise enough to know that foolishness leads to fear, worry, stress, and ruin. When that happens, we can’t blame God – He has given us the choice to follow and be wise. Wisdom takes discipline and not getting what we want – so that we can be trained to get what we truly want and need – God’s will.