Wisdom Way

Proverbs Ch 7: 1-4

Wisdom's Value

Proverbs 7:1-4 My son, pay attention to my words. Treasure my commands that are within you. Obey my commands so that you may live. Follow my teachings just as you protect the pupil of your eye. Tie them on your fingers. Write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, "You are my sister." Give the name "my relative" to understanding.

Wisdom is a gift from God.

When a person possesses both wisdom and understanding they are well equipped to face life's battles.
At the beginning of his reign, King Solomon prayed for one superior gift from God. Not wealth, not long life, but something far more valuable—he asked for "an understanding heart," which translated is a hearing heart. He prayed for wisdom above every other thing he could ask God for.

Wisdom put to the test,

1 Kings Chapter 3 relates how after receiving God's answer and promise, it was tested. Two women came to him for a decision over ownership of a baby. These two women lived together and both had a baby. One of the babies had died and there was a dispute over ownership of the one remaining alive. Solomon exercised his newly acquired gift to settle the dispute and as a result his reputation as a wise ruler was enhanced.

Wisdom helps us make the right decision.

God's supernatural wisdom is still available today. As a gift from God. The Apostle Paul says that the wisdom we have received was not human wisdom but by God's kindness [2 Corinthians 1:12). God's wisdom will show us what to do, not do it for us. If God gives you the solution He will provide the means to get the job done. The only requirement on our part is to have the courage to do it.

Don't confuse wisdom with intelligence.

We often confuse wisdom with intelligence. Some are born more intelligent than others but intelligence does not ensure effective may, in some cases, be an obstacle in understanding things that only the heart can hear. That's why the beginning of wisdom is an understanding heart - a hearing heart.

For example, a highly intelligent person usually loves to debate. They can take any view on a subject and then use their intelligence to defend that view. The more perfect the defence, the less chance the thinker has of actually exploring the subject. It's not discussed so change can occur but only for the stimulation of debate.

Another aspect of the intelligence trap includes the need to be right, the need to show oneself to be more clever than others - critical rather than constructive thinking, and reactive thinking rather than projective thinking.

Whilst at university I came into contact with men and women of incredibly high intellect. But in no way would I consider them to be wise. With rare exceptions, all that I met were caught up with

humanistic philosophies that not only questioned the commandments of God but the very existence of Him. In their fields of expertise they would be considered brilliant. So it stands to reason you can be highly intelligent and yet, lack the Wisdom God bestows on the simplest of His children.

God deliberately chose men and women that society overlooks and exploits and abuses. He chooses these "nobodies" and makes them somebodies in His sight, and in doing so exposes the hollow pretensions of those who, when comparing themselves with their concept of how things are proven to be, miss the mark quite badly.

What is this Godly wisdom we are told to cling to closer than a family member whom we love more than anything else?

It is wisdom that will help you make the right decision.

It is wisdom that will cause you to listen to the inner voice of your spirit and discern what the will of the Lord is in every situation. Even though you may not be able to feel Him, see Him or touch Him, you will always be able to hear Him.

A Psalmist's View of Selected Proverbs © 2009

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