Sunday, January 18, 2009
The Importance Of Wisdom
Someone defined wisdom as the right use of knowledge. Our world is replete with knowledge but painfully short on wisdom. The book of Proverbs is filled with wise sayings. We read "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." (Prov. 1"7). Many are those who simply grow old rather than growing wise. The Word of God is filled with wisdom for it gives us the thoughts of God. One may be wise and young or it's possible to be foolish and old. God gives wisdom to us as we seek Him and learn His ways. There is practical wisdom that comes by living life according to God's principles. Recently my 19 year old son traveled to Ice Land, he went alone and proceeded to make friends in every town he visited. He got caught in an ice storm in the mountains and lived in a tent for two days until the danger passed. He has a lot of practical wisdom along with a lot of fortitude for trying new things. However he left his (really my) car in a church parking lot while he was gone. He parked it with the emergency brake on. When he returned the right rear brake had rusted and when he tried to drive the car the wheel slid. Backing the vehicle up did not break it loose. Good old dad had the car towed to his drive way and spent an hour beating on the brake drum to get it loose. My wife reminded me our son is only 19. Which reminded me that God said I am dust and that I have feet of clay. However God is my Father and He takes care of me, and is there to help me when I lack wisdom and make poor choices. God is the God of Providence. The word providence comes from two Greek words. One means to see (video) and the other means before hand (pro). Thus the Lord sees to it before hand. He already has it worked out, knowing what we need before we ask Him. That is why He said "Before you call I will answer you." How many times do we fret over circumstances when God has seen to it already. The Scriptured tell us that "Our Lord is an ever present help in the time of need." The Hebrew language carries the idea of "in the nick of time". I believe wisdom grows best in the soil of trust, it is always wise to trust the Lord. The Word tells us "We have the mind of Christ." The mind of Christ is a peaceful mind, it is also a pure mind, a purposeful mind, a single mind, and a disciplined mind. Our minds are renewed as we saturate them with the wisdom of God. David said because he meditated on the Scriptures he was "Wiser than all his teachers." The Word of God is "Able to make us wise unto salvation." Abraham Lincoln said "Many times I am driven to my knees because the wisdom of those around me seems insufficient for the the day." One may be intelligent but not wise. Martin Luther said "If we educated our youth apart from the truth of the Scriptures we will create clever devils." Where are you getting your "Wisdom" from. There are many wells, drink from the one that is not polluted. "If the ax is dull and it's edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but wisdom will bring success" (Eccl 10:10). Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling appointments, and local church meetings.