Wisdom:how can we identify it?Do we exhibit it in our behavior?

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In my opinion the one thing that appears to lacking in the most technologically advanced age known to man is wisdom. Could this be because we are unaware of the source of all wisdom? COuld it be because we refuse to acknowledge that source and seem to be identifying ourselves, and or fallible men as the source of all wisdom. No, I am not saying that e have not had some wise human beings on planet earth. However, 1 Kings 11 tells us that the wisest man that has ever lived made some serious mistake morally and other wise. Let’s conduct a survey of what the Bible says about wisdom. (Unless otherwise stated all biblical references are from the KJV of the Bible retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/ .)

Proverbs 2:6 pronounces who the source of wisdom is “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. ”

Proverbs 16:16 identifies the value of wisdom “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver”  and Proverbs 19:8 determines its value relative to the value of one’s soul “He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.”

 

Actions that are determiners of having wisdom.

  • Proverbs:13:3 “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life:  [or not]but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. Have you ever listened to a person speak, or post into social media, and right away you are saying to yourself “This person has a serious case of ‘foot-in-mouth disease’?
  • Proverbs 13:1 and Proverbs 11:2 offer an explanation of what happens when wisdom is replaced by pride “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
  • 11:2 “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”
  • Proverbs 14:29 demonstrates that a person who is filled with wisdom has control of their temper and does not  make rash decision. “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. 
  • Proverbs 18:2 declares what a person who is unwise is called and how change can occur “A fool hath no delight in understanding,but that his heart may discover itself.’

The benefits of finding wisdom.

  • Proverbs 8:35  “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.” In the current state of a certain nation one can ascertain that certain individuals have not found wisdom. One should also be praying that they do find wisdom in order for its citizens to live peaceably with each other.
  • Proverbs 15:33 “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”
  • Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” Once again, this is a skill that a true leader has learned. It doesn’t matter what they lead it is am important skill. A leader who flies off the handle because of the behavior of other people will do more damage – in the long run – than good.
  • Proverbs 10:8 “The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.”

New Testament (NT) Scriptures that talk about wisdom and its benefit to us.

  • James 1: 5 is quite clear about what one should do if they lack wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
  • James 3:17  separates God’s wisdom from human wisdom by stating “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” As one reads these scriptures I invite each person to think about persons in positions of leadership who exhibit these behaviors. I especially entreat you to make this comparison if the person declares that they are a Christian.
  • Colossians 4:5-6 encourages us to “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without [or non-Christians], redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” [once again think about persons in leadership positions who claim the name of Jesus as their source or guide! Are they demonstrating these behaviors. It does not matter whether they are a leader or not. These are hallmarks of a person who is a born-again Christian.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:18 notifies us of the danger of self-deception. “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.” This is by no means an exhaustive  NT presentation of this topic.
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From this brief study on the topic of wisdom one can ascertain that YHWH values this gift. Solomon the wisest man that has ever walked this earth still made some significant errors of judgment. It is apparent that even with wisdom one must couple that with understanding, and also the unction of the Holy Spirit. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit guiding our thoughts, speech, and actions we open ourselves to being viewed publicly as “fools” and rightly so. What then is the solution or conclusion of this matter? Who better to pen that conclusion than Solomon? As stated in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

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