The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. And further, my son, be admonished by these… -Ecclesiastes 12:11, 12 (NKJV)
Consider that throughout our lives we must distinguish between what is true wisdom and what is false wisdom. True wisdom is found in the Word of God. What we find there will lead us in the right direction and will help us to live in a way that honors God and brings blessings to our lives. The false wisdom of the world will only bring us heartache and problems. False wisdom is any teaching or thinking that removes the emphasis away from God and places it on us and our desires. False wisdom refuses to acknowledge that God is the Creator and Ruler over all and that He has come into the world in the person of Jesus Christ to bring salvation to all that believe. False wisdom holds that the world came about as the result of a cosmic accident and that you are I are accountable only to ourselves. Such teaching stands in direct opposition to the Word of God.
The Bible says that the words of the wise, or those who are teaching Bible-based wisdom, are like goads. A goad was an ancient instrument used to prod cattle forward. The wise teachings that come from the Lord can move us forward as well. We receive the truths of God’s Word into our hearts, and we are then motivated to walk forward by faith and not by sight. The wisdom of the Bible empowers and motivates us to serve the Lord, do His will, and live daily in vibrant faith. When we place Jesus Christ first and apply to our lives the principles of God’s Word, we will be like those well driven nails as described in Scripture. We will be secure, rooted, and firmly planted.
This wisdom was given to us by the one true Shepherd who seeks to lead us as we serve Him and walk in His light. Resist the wisdom of the world that seeks to distort the truth and lead people away from God. Look to the Lord in faith and God will, by the power of the Holy Spirit, confirm in our hearts the truth that His Word is trustworthy and that Jesus Christ is Lord. Spiritual blessings in Jesus will come into our lives.
Troubled souls find hope in Christ. Look to Him today.