Wisdom

Proverbs 4:1-27
4:7 “Wisdom is supreme; therefore, get wisdom”

I love this chapter from Proverbs, but I must admit that when I was a young Christian, I did not really care for it so much, or even understand it. The point was, I was early on my journey to wisdom, and being young (and less wise) I did not get it. Not that I totally get it now, but I am much farther down the road now, so at least I know how to pursue wisdom.

Essentially, wisdom is seeing the world the way God sees the world, not the way the “world” sees the world. Once we understand that the most important thing is to see the world the way God sees it, it becomes apparent that, indeed, wisdom is supreme. We need, at all costs to see the world the way God sees it, or we will miss everything.

Once we see that God’s ways are higher than our ways, that they do not always reflect basic human impulses or intuition, we can get on with submission to God’s way of thinking- wisdom.

I have listed just a few examples of the “world’s wisdom” and “True Wisdom” as I understand it:

World’s Wisdom                                                                    True Wisdom

Do good work to gain heaven                                             Faith in Christ alone

Gentleness = Weakness                                                         Gentleness = Strength

Take charge of your life                                                        Give your life away

Life ends at death                                                                   Life extends beyond death

Hate your enemies                                                                  Love your enemies

Man is self sufficient                                                             We are God dependent

Hide your faults                                                                     Confess your faults

The world evolved without a Designer         The world was created/evolved by a Designer

Look out for #1                                                                      Esteem others higher than self

 

Prayer: Father, your ways are higher than our ways, your thoughts higher than our thoughts. Continue to give us the wisdom to know you better, Amen

 

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