Wisdom as a concept is rooted in the reality that choices have consequences. Even refusing to choose is a choice. Proverbs is all about learning to make good choices. The sayings are all based on Solomons observation of the outcomes of peoples choices.
Wisdom is inextricably linked to truth. Truth is the basis and foundation of all appropriate action. If we were to act in a particular situation based on a falsehood, a false basis or false premise, we would fail, because the logical progression was built on bad information. If the foundation is no good, the structure built upon it will eventually crumble.
Lets allow wisdom to instruct us on setting a good foundation.
Read Proverbs 1:20-33 GNB
(Pr 1:20) Listen! Wisdom is calling out in the streets and marketplaces,
(Pr 1:21) calling loudly at the city gates and wherever people come together:
(Pr 1:22) Foolish people! How long do you want to be foolish? How long will you enjoy making fun of knowledge? Will you never learn?
(Pr 1:23) Listen when I reprimand you; I will give you good advice and share my knowledge with you.
(Pr 1:24) I have been calling you, inviting you to come, but you would not listen. You paid no attention to me.
(Pr 1:25) You have ignored all my advice and have not been willing to let me correct you.
(Pr 1:26) So when you get into trouble, I will laugh at you. I will make fun of you when terror strikes
(Pr 1:27) when it comes on you like a storm, bringing fierce winds of trouble, and you are in pain and misery.
(Pr 1:28) Then you will call for wisdom, but I will not answer. You may look for me everywhere, but you will not find me.
(Pr 1:29) You have never had any use for knowledge and have always refused to obey the LORD.
(Pr 1:30) You have never wanted my advice or paid any attention when I corrected you.
(Pr 1:31) So then, you will get what you deserve, and your own actions will make you sick.
(Pr 1:32) Inexperienced people die because they reject wisdom. Stupid people are destroyed by their own lack of concern.
(Pr 1:33) But whoever listens to me will have security. He will be safe, with no reason to be afraid.
How do we take hold of wisdom?
Seek it out (vs20-21) - Scripture is full of wisdom. Elders are full of
wisdom. The Holy Spirit is full of wisdom.
Listen (vs23-25) Hearing is not listening.
Keep listening (v25) Learning takes time and experience. Give
yourself time to integrate knowledge acquired, into wisdom applied.
Apply the knowledge (v29) Dont waste valuable knowledge.
Gain a working knowledge in key areas of life (v33). Proverbs has
much to say about these subjects. I will just give an overview now and
pick each one up over the course of this series.
1) Money and resources (Mt 6:24)
2) Impulse control Dont allow your body and your fears to run your life. They are terrible masters.
3) Relationships Good relationships are the key to a fulfilled life. The opposite is also true. Bad relationships can make life almost unbearable.
JesusLearn to love His ways and walk with Him. Dont settle for shallow religion.
Avoid intimate relationships with fools. Unless you are strong and helping them to become wise. Fools are, according to Proverbs: drunkards, violent people, verbally abusive, liars, thieves, sexually immoral, lazy (Pr 4:10-19, 1Co 5:10,11). Bad company corrupts good morals.
Invest time and energy gaining relational skills
- Healthy marriages and friendships take work, sacrifice, pain, time and commitment.
- Kathleen and I have been married 26 years. Weve sought counsel, read books, been to seminars
we worked to succeed.
Wisdom calls to us all. If we will listen and truly apply what we hear, life can be a blessing. Life can be very hard at times, but a good foundation of wisdom will enable us to weather it and succeed.
1) In what key areas have you gained a working knowledge of life?
2) Who instructed you?
3) Which key area is the most difficult for you?