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Monday, January 30, 2017
The Beginning of Wisdom
Wisdom. Have you ever contemplated this word and its meaning? No, of course
not. Why would you waste time thinking about something humans gain with study,
life experience, or just seem to possess? Still, as wasteful as it may seem,
lately I’ve been pondering wisdom.
true, wisdom abounds. There’s academic wisdom, science wisdom, business,
sports, etc. Yet, this is acquired wisdom – knowledge gathered and expanded over
years of study, trial and error. When knowledge in any subject is learned,
wisdom usually follows. Wisdom applies the knowledge and these two fit together
like a nut and bolt.
Isn’t it interesting we even have the capacity to
develop wisdom? How do we do it? And why is our amazing brain able to take in
all we learn and experience and then produce wisdom?
explanation can only be God.
the Self-Existent One, is infinite, eternal, and omniscient or All-knowing. In
Him “…are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Wisdom originates and emanates from God for it is His nature. And, as
incredible as it sounds, our potential to acquirewisdom is a result of being
created in His image.
unlike the infinite God who created us, humans are finite. And, wisdom gained
from books and life experience can go only so far. If the person attempting to
increase wisdom refuses to acknowledge this eternal Creator, they actually
diminish their own understanding.
this, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledgeof the Holy One is understanding.”
So, if we
have no fearof God, what type of wisdom do we possess?
wisdom only – gained by achievement.
it wrong to gain wisdom? No, because we were created with the capacity to
learn. Still, those who are touted for their great wisdom rarely rejoice when
another’s wisdom exceeds their own. And, because of sin, human wisdom is not
peaceable for it lacks the Prince of Peace.
Human wisdom inspires envy, strife, and James calls it earthy, sensual,
Solomon, the one to whom God had given a wise and understanding heart…” decided to use his life as
an experiment. In Ecclesiastes he writes of keeping nothing from himself.
Anything his eyes and heart desired he did.
after years of indulgence, Solomon saw himself in comparison to a Holy God and
penned his hypothesis. Among other profound statements, Solomon concluded, “…wisdom
excels folly as light excels darkness.”
”…Wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but
the excellence of knowledge is that wisdomgiveslife to those who have it.”
only way wisdom
can givelife is if it begins with fear of the Lord.
must true wisdom begin with fear of the Lord?
Wisdom exists because God exists. And from this eternal, Triune God, Jesus
Christ became foruswisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and
minute. Is that concept even logical? Probably not. “…God chose the foolish
things of this world to confound the wise.
Therefore, no human wisdom, knowledge, or counsel will ever
succeed against the Lord.
not the wise
in his wisdom…but
let him who glories glory in this, that he understands andknowsMe, that I am the Lord,
exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in
these I delight," says the Lord.”
depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How
unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”