Monday, August 17, 2009


I’m sure most of you can recall a word of wisdom or two from your parents or grandparents. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Keep your eye on the ball. Count your blessings. Early to bed, early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy, and wise.
These little nuggets were intended to help prepare us for life. That’s what parents do for their children. Our Heavenly Father does the same for us. He shares with us his Wisdom to prepare us for life - eternal life.
The book of Proverbs states, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
Remember the story of God coming to Solomon? Before He became a great king, a wise and wealthy ruler, the writer of the Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, God came to him and said -
Ask for whatever you wish and I will give it to you. Solomon chose wisdom, and God was pleased with his wish. God granted his request, plus a whole lot more! Solomon chose wisely.

Unfortunately, there are many who choose foolishly. There are those who don’t care about wisdom. They disdain wisdom and knowledge. The fool doesn’t know that they don’t know and they don’t really care. This affects their responsibilities, their relationships, and most important, their relationship with God and his Word. Fools take pride in their so-called freedom, their ability to live life as they please, to be masters of their own destiny; captains of their own fate, oblivious to God’s will for their lives. Folly and foolishness is living without knowledge and wisdom. “Seek wisdom,” says the writer of Proverbs. Look for it and treasure it.
But what exactly is Wisdom? Its not just an intellectual quality, it’s not just about being smart. It is the ability to put into action and practice the knowledge of God’s revealed standard.
So how will we know Wisdom when we encounter it?
In the wisdom literature of Holy Scripture, we see that “Wisdom" is personified - spoken of as if “Wisdom” were a person. But how can that be? Isn’t wisdom simply a concept?
There are subtle and not so subtle hints in Proverbs and in the rest of the Scriptures that Wisdom is a Someone and not just a something.
What we find in the Gospels is that Jesus Christ is Wisdom Personified, the New Testament fulfillment of the Old Testament proverbs, and actually, the fulfillment of the whole OT itself. Ultimate wisdom is not found in a concept but in the person and work of the Son of God, Jesus Himself. It is Jesus who invites us from the “high places” to come join Him.
It is Jesus who invites us to “live and walk in the way of insight.”
It is in Jesus we find forgiveness and salvation and the meaning for life itself. He is the incarnate Word and Wisdom of God, the one thing that we need most of all. For in Christ we receive God's forgiveness for all of our foolish sins of unwise living.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. "
Nothing in this life is more important than the wisdom God gives us in His Son Jesus Christ which makes us wise for salvation.
So wise up - Believe in Jesus. Trust in Him and you will be saved.

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