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Wisdom

Proverbs 2:1–5

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (NIV84)

I want to want to find the knowledge of God, don’t you? What could possibly be more important than that? I want to find the knowledge of God, but there seems to me, to be so much disinformation all around me. I see hundreds, if not thousands, of different denominations of Christianity. I see various religions from all round the world. I see thousands of books written about God, documentaries by the score, people knocking at my door, radio broadcasts, pamphlets, tracks, billboards, gestures, gravestones, astrological signs, witches, spiritualists, prophets and apostles; “Where, O where, are you Mister Creator?”

This passage from Proverbs above tells us that it is the written word of the Bible where the knowledge of God can be found, not from any people nor from any religion, but rather from the Bible. This proverb starts out with a very simple statement, “…if you will accept my words…” “…if you will accept my words and store up my commands within you…” If you will read the Bible for yourself, and believe that it contains the information about God that you need, and if you will apply yourself to reading it, then you will find the knowledge of God. That’s pretty simple, isn’t it?

You do have to work at it though. One does not simply read the Bible and then have the knowledge of God within them. You must reach out with your spiritual heart, and seek with hunger the knowledge of God. You must hunger for it. Thirst for it. Esteem it. Desire it. Pray to God for it. Then you will find the knowledge of God. Then you will know what you are talking about when you speak of spiritual matters.

There is one part of the above passage that might be a little difficult to understand and that is the admonition for you to turn your ear to wisdom. What does that mean? What is wisdom?

Proverbs 2:6–8

For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. (NIV84)

It is the Lord that gives wisdom. It is not something that you can gain by your own power. You cannot work hard and study every day, and thereby gain wisdom. Some knowledge can be gained that way, but not wisdom. Wisdom must be given to you by God.

Proverbs 2:9–11

Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. (NIV84)

This portion above tells us what wisdom is. I used to think that wisdom was the application of knowledge, but now I understand that it is simpler than that. Wisdom is the understanding of what is right and just and fair.

Job 32:9

It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right. (NIV84)

Wisdom is a moral judgment. That means it is not a mental thing. Wisdom is an understanding within the heart of man, not the brain. A very simple person can be wise, and a very cerebral person can be a fool.

Wisdom, true wisdom, has nothing to do with cleverness, or shrewdness, or mental acuity. It has everything to do with goodness, patience and kindness—Godliness.

Isaiah 5:21

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. (NIV84)

The warning against being wise in your own eyes occurs five times in the Scriptures (Prov 3:7; 26:5, 12; 28:11 and Isa 5:21.) In the Scriptures a woe is a very serious warning. Anything that causes pride to develop should be a very big red flag to us. Woe to those filled with pride because of their superior knowledge of the Scripture. Woe to those that fancy themselves as Bible authorities.

Proverbs 2:12–15

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, 13 who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, 14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, 15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. (NIV84)

Wicked men usually don’t look wicked to the people of the world. They frequently look successful and are in often in charge. Years ago, while looking at things in a Christian book store I picked up a Picture Bible, that is, the Bible drawn in a comic book style. I noticed that the Pharisees and the Sadducees all had scrunched up angry faces and evil looking eyes. Things are not really like that my friend.

Proverbs 1:17

How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds! (NIV84)

Wicked and disobedient people masquerade as obedient servants of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:13–15

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (NIV84)

Woe to those among us that see themselves as deserving respect and honor. Almost all deceivers are deceived themselves. They see themselves through their own eyes, and not through God’s eyes.

Those that carefully and accurately examine themselves will see that they are actually unworthy people. Those that are saved, are saved by the skin of their teeth, and no more than that, and not because of their personal goodness.

But, my friend, take great care that you are not a victim of false humility and false modesty, for that is another way to self deception.

Colossians 2:18–19

Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. 19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. (NIV84)

Wisdom is not about being smart and able to get things done. It is not about how much Scripture you know. Wisdom is not about what you have in your brain, but rather what you are in your heart. Wisdom is a purely spiritual living of Godliness. It is expressed in your true Christ-likeness. Not in what the world thinks Christ is like, but rather in being like Christ in your innermost being, in being like God himself—a humble servant.

Matthew 6:1

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (NIV84)

If you are wise then everything you do is done in such a way that God gets the credit and people don’t even see you, for that is the reality of it anyway. When you work invisibly behind the scenes, as it were, then what people see is the end result, and thank God for it. If you do a thing so that someone will notice, then your praise received will be your full payment.

Matthew 6:2

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. (NIV84)

As an invisible and truly unworthy servant of God why should you get the credit for anything anyway? What I am saying here is a matter of faith. If you devote your life to God and seek nothing for yourself, then what you do is done in faith. And God, who sees faith like we see sunshine, will bring about what your faith has wrought.

Matthew 6:3–4

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV84)

Whenever you operate in faith you are using wisdom to guide you.

 

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