Sep. 27, 2016

What About Wisdom? - Part 1

Proverbs 1:20-21 NIV

20) Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;

21) at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

In this passage Wisdom is personified or spoken of as if Wisdom is a female person. This style of writing helps the reader to envision Wisdom as a living, active persona instead of a passive thought or idea.

What is Wisdom? In the highest sense, it is the mind of God. In a more human domain, it is the appropriately timed application of knowledge.

Many people have knowledge: they know things. They have information but refuse to incorporate that information into their daily living. They neglect to apply what they know in ways that will make their lives better and pleasing to God. So we see that obtaining knowledge is not the same as Wisdom. Wisdom requires application. It involves employment or using what we know correctly and accurately. Wisdom is walking in the Light that we have acquired or that has been given to us by God.

The Bible is filled with the Wisdom of God. But it isn't enough just to know what the Bible says. The ability to quote scripture is admirable and desirable. But unless we allow those biblical truths to affect every aspect of our daily living all we have done is demonstrate that we have a good memory.

The Lord is definitely pleased when we put forth the effort to commit His Word to memory. But if we aren't living it, there is no eternal benefit. There will be people in hell who can quote scripture. The devil can quote the Word of God. We must live the Word. In order to live the Word, we must know it. Studying the Word is a necessity but if studying isn't coupled with consistent application, we have gained nothing.

More to come!