Wisdom

Everyone likes to be thought of as wise; to have wisdom in life, in career choices, in family planning, in rearing their children, in guiding their teens, in decision making throughout their lifetime.   Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”  Understanding comes from wisdom, but where do we get wisdom?  According to verses 1 and 2, wisdom begins at home by listening to your father.  “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.   For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.”  Where does this father get his good doctrine?  There’s only one place to get good doctrine.  God’s word.

II Timothy 3:15 says, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Now the dictionary says that wisdom is “experience and knowledge together with the power of applying them critically or practically.”   That describes worldly wisdom, which we can attain just from living in the world.  It sounds good, but the kind of wisdom Timothy acquired, he learned from his mother and grandmother (II Timothy 1:5), who took the time to teach him that good doctrine which is only found in the holy scriptures.  True wisdom is more than worldly experience and knowledge.  Job 28:28 says, “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”  True wisdom begins with God.

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