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King Solomon

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” ~ Proverbs 4:5-7

 

Who among us does not want to be wise?  For thousands of years, humans have searched for the keys to attaining wisdom.  Wisdom was such a desired attribute in the time of King Solomon that when God told him he could choose anything he wanted in the whole world, he chose wisdom.  Philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and others, studied and discussed the known literature and hypotheses of their time seeking to discover the secrets that make one wise.

So, what exactly is wisdom?  The dictionary defines it as, “The quality of being wise; knowledge and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgment; discretion; sagacity; skill; dexterity.”  It can also be described as “information gleaned from wise men of ancient times” – men such as those mentioned above.

The Bible also has a lot to say about wisdom.   One particular verse, Psalm 111:10, says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;  A good understanding have all those who do His commandments….” So, in order to even begin to have wisdom – true wisdom from God – we must have “the fear of the Lord.”   What exactly does this mean?

The English Standard Version of the Bible defines this nicely in Proverbs 8:13.  It says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.” So, if a person truly fears the Lord, he or she will hate everything that God says is evil – whether in word, thought, or deed.  This comes from a genuine reverence and respect for God – wanting to please Him and desiring not to offend Him.

Of interest, if we read the entire chapter of Proverbs 8, it is evident that a personified “Wisdom” is speaking.  Here’s an excerpt from Proverbs 8:22-36:

“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.  Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.   When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.   Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.  When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.  And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.  Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.  For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

So how exactly does one “get wisdom?”  As we discussed above, we must first fear God.  And because wisdom belongs to God (Daniel 2:20), all true wisdom comes from Him – not the wisdom that the world has to offer, but the unadulterated wisdom from above.  (But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. ~ James 3:17) This is the kind of wisdom that we need to make right and just decisions in this life.

The Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5) So, we also have the ability to ask God for the knowledge to make wise decisions in every situation.  When people rely on their own criteria of right and wrong to make important judgment calls, this is where all the troubles of the world stem from.  If everyone would just follow James’ advice above, what a magnificently different place this would be!

One more point to consider – undoubtedly the best of all:  Daniel 12:3 says: “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” This is speaking of the eternal state of those who found true wisdom in this life – those who truly sought to follow God’s ways as written in His Word.  That is why it is so important to study the Bible for ourselves – not just rely on other individuals to tell us what is contained in its pages. And we should want to share this information with others, as well; especially those we care about.

As King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, admonishes in Ecclesiastes 12:13:  “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

May we all strive to be wise!  May we all “get wisdom!”  Amen.

 

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1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

12 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

                                                                    ~ Jesus (John 14:1-12)

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