Thursday, February 23, 2006

Wisdom

Wisdom. This is a subject that has become more and more important to me as I continue to pursue God (by His grace). Why wisdom, you ask? Well, I think that wisdom is where "the rubber meets the road." Too often I have been preoccupied with lofty theological notions, only to unwittingly miss out on the true godliness that comes by wisdom. To be certain, God doesn't care about how "smart" we are or how much knowledge we possess. As Paul wrote, "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up" (1 Cor. 8:1b). Indeed, it is a good thing that our success or failure in pleasing God is not based upon our knowledge (for if it were so, most of us would utterly fail). I can think of countless situations where my knowledge (no matter how extensive) would have been of no use in solving a particular problem. This is why we need wisdom! Personally, I know I've made many a foolish decision because I did not highly regard this gift of God. The Bible says of wisdom:

"How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast" (Prov. 2:13-18).

As can be seen above, there are a number of great benefits to wisdom! Alas, how often we trade this feast for the scraps under the table. Praise God that He gives the greater grace!

1 Comments:

At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Brent said...

A cool thing about wisdom:
1Co 1:30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
1Co 1:31 Therefore, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

I have questioned whether wisdom was the best thing one could have, but according to 1 Corithians 13:3 having love handsomely outdoes it.

1Co 13:2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

The decon at my church pointed out that Love connects nicely with the great commandments.

Mat 22:36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"
Mat 22:37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the great and first commandment.
Mat 22:39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."

Loving God is rewarding.

Deu 11:13 "And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Deu 11:14 he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.

The decon at my church pointed out that the first five of the ten commandments are about loving God, and the second five are about loving your neighbor.
The ten commandments are:

Exo 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Exo 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Exo 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,
Exo 20:6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Exo 20:7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Exo 20:8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,
Exo 20:10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Exo 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Exo 20:13 "You shall not murder.
Exo 20:14 "You shall not commit adultery.
Exo 20:15 "You shall not steal.
Exo 20:16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exo 20:17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."

 

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