Tuesday, November 12, 2013

True Wisdom Comes From God

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  -Proverbs 3:7 (KJV)

The book of proverbs is devoted to teachings about wisdom.  We learn what wisdom is, how we attain it, keep it, and apply it.  Anyone can sit and hear sound teachings, but not everyone will follow them and put them into practice.  You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.  We can lead people to the wisdom of God, but we cannot force anyone to apply its truths to their lives.  We reject the wisdom of God at our own peril.  Countless people have found this out too late.  Now is the time to get right with Christ and begin applying God’s Word to our hearts and lives.  Hear it, apply it, live it, and ask God for help each day. 

There is a recipe for success in life.  These truths are applicable to anyone, anywhere, and at anytime.  Verse 7 of chapter 3 says to be not wise in our own eyes.  This means to be careful about thinking we are wise when we are basing our wisdom on the ways of the world.  True wisdom comes from first trusting Christ and submitting to His will. 
As we grow in the grace and the knowledge of God, we become wise.  Furthermore, if we live long enough and keep in the faith we become even wiser.  This is a daily walk of humility with the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I know many people who I believe are wise in the Lord.  However, these folks would never say they are wise nor would they boast about their wisdom.  Anytime we begin to boast about ourselves we are being wise in our own eyes.  The wise man focuses on Jesus Christ, does not take his eyes off of Him, and he then walks daily in Holy Spirit power and the wisdom found in God’s Word.  He is taking time daily to commune with God and soak up the truths of God’s Word.  The challenge for us in proverbs is to become a sponge for God’s wisdom.  Soak it up, hold it, and then when squeezed let this wisdom flow toward others. 

The wisdom of God only comes from God and what He has said.  People will say they do not need godly wisdom and they will do what seems right to them.  Doing life our way, without God, and what seems right to us is a recipe for bitterness. 

Do you know what I think we become like when we live life without God and His wisdom?  We become like a big block of cheese left sitting out on the counter.  We become harder and harder the longer we are exposed to air.  We get a little mold on us too.  That cheese needs covered in order to get better and improved with time.  The wisdom of God leads to the rich, full, abundant life Jesus promised.  The living water of the Holy Spirit flows through us so we do not become dry and sorrowful.  We grow and get better with age, for we have put on Christ, covering ourselves daily with the truths of God’s Word.

God bless you today.