Archive for November 29th, 2012

Proverbs 9

Proverbs 9 talks to us about wisdom.  Solomon tells us we need to seek it.  And he tells us who should be seeking: “whoever is simple… him to lacks sense”.  Let’s face it, we all can use more wisdom.  It is important.  Scripture is clear that wisdom comes from God.  It is when we seek Him and fear Him that we will find it.  But we have to be able to “leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight”.  We have to be willing to take action and to change.

Wisdom is much more than head knowledge.  It comes from a relationship with God, and is given to help us learn to live God’s way.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight”.  This isn’t about you or me.  Wisdom is about knowing God.  It is about getting connected with the source of wisdom, the only source.  And when we do and we realize just how far away from that wisdom we really are, we begin to fear and understand that it is all about Him, not me.  It is about plugging into the source.

Of course this is all predicated on the fact that we realize that we need wisdom.  Some of us think we are already gifted that way.  It isn’t the case, but we haven’t quite figured that out yet.  But the truth is that we have to come to that understanding.  We can’t be forced to go there.  “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you”.  We won’t seek wisdom until we understand that there is but one source, the God and Creator of the universe.  Apart from Him, we will never have true wisdom.  Apart from knowing Him, we will flail around on our own.

Does wisdom really matter?  And what exactly is it?  The simplest definition for wisdom I have ever heard is that wisdom is seeing things through God’s eyes, having His perspective.  When we get to that point, we see people like God does.  It changes our world view and how we live.  But wisdom is more than getting on God’s page. It is the enabler for God’s blessing.  “For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life”.  Knowing God is not just about the past, but also the present and future.  He is still sitting on the throne and in control of our universe.  Fearing God, the source of wisdom, is very important to our future.  Are you seeking wisdom?  That really means are you seeking and fearing God?  He is the sole source – the lone provider – the only way to find it!

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