The richness of godly wisdom
...then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:5-11 There are people in the world that will claim that in terms of wisdom they are “experts.” They are the ones that will convince you of the wisdom of their opinion. Yet God says that it is not the one who declares his viewpoint the most loudly or persuasively who is the wisest, but the one whose “wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it” (Luke 7:35). From the text, we are provided an example of why obtaining wisdom from God is important. It all begins by listening to God’s word and taking them to heart. God provides wisdom to those who revere Him. Once we receive God’s word, we have to walk in it. We have to seek to obey what God has told us even if at times it will mean meeting resistance and criticism from others who disagree with the wisdom of our actions. Your immediate response may be to vindicate yourself. But if you wait patiently, time will reveal the wisdom of your actions was far better than you could through argument. Through the ages, the wisdom found in God’s Word has been tested and proven true. Obtaining wisdom from God is not a once-a-week hobby but a continual discipline of daily taking in His word. In this way, His word will help you measure everything you hear and help you discern what is true and pleasing to Him. Fads in psychology and philosophy come and go, but God’s Word is timeless. If we do our part, God promised that His wisdom will guard and protect us. He will shield us so that we will not easily give in to sin and temptation. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). Work diligently in gaining wisdom from His word for spiritual riches gained will be more valuable than the riches of this world. “How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16). There’s great gain when we grow in spiritual wisdom and there’s a great price to pay if we are not growing in it.
Noel De Guzman