The Way of Wisdom
It happens often enough, someone asks me how they can pray for me and without hesitation I tell them, pray that God would give me wisdom. I need wisdom to lead my family well, wisdom to lead the church well, wisdom to balance my time, wisdom to be a good steward and the list goes on. So when I sat down to write this my first thought was to share a few words of wisdom from the book of wisdom - Proverbs. However, I got to thinking, what if instead of jumping in to a favorite section of the book of Proverbs, I instead embarked on a journey through the whole book, briefly recording some thoughts along the way.
I confess that with all of the other projects, responsibilities and demands on my time, I am not as good as I should be at writing with any consistency - so I guess we'll see how far I get!
Here's what Proverbs 1:1-7 has to say:
1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
This introduction to the book identifies King Solomon as the author and goes on to explain the purpose for what follows: quite simply to learn to understand and apply wisdom to life and as a result to conduct oneself with righteousness, justice and equity. He also explains that the book is to equip young people with knowledge and discretion and that it is of great value to both the simple and the learned.
Solomon finishes his statement of purpose with an explantion that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, a fact sadly ignored by many in our day." Essentially he is explaining that that knowing and reverently standing in awe of God is the starting place for all true understanding. Without this foundation anything goes, there is no basis for truth, there is no absolute. How tragic that we live today in a world where anything is accepted, regardless of how absurd it may seem, as long it has nothing to do with God.
Finally, Solomon states that "fools despise wisdom and instruction." The Biblical view of a fool is quite simply one who chooses to reject or ignore God's truth and wisdom. While I am grieved by the foolish actions of so many politicians, actors, educators and legislators who vigorously seek to oppose the ways of God - what troubles me still further are those who name the name of Christ and continue to live foolishly, never stopping to ask, "God what is the wise way in this decision."
Lord, may I know you more each day. May I learn to stand in reverent fear before you and learn your ways that I might walk in the way of wisdom and bring glory to you in all I do. Amen.