The Path to Wisdom

April 5, 2016

There are a lot of pathways we take trying to find wisdom, knowledge, or insight.  With the internet being so easily accessible, we’re just a click, tap, and swipe away from soaking in a lot information. Of course we all know some of it is accurate and some of it…well, not so much. 

But there is one place we can find wisdom, knowledge, and insight that we can trust: the Word of God.

One of the books of the Bible, “Proverbs,” is devoted to this search, which the author (Solomon) says starts with, “the fear of the LORD” (Proverbs 1:7). He continues with this challenge:

“Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:3-5

Here’s the path Solomon proposes we walk: receive wisdom, be attentive to it (in other words, train yourself to hear it above all of the other noise), call out for it, and treasure it when you find it. If you do this, he goes on to say, God uses wisdom as a shield and guard (Proverbs 2:7) that will keep watch over you all of your life. 

But in your pursuit of wisdom, be aware of this:

Walking this path will cause you to be very different in the crowd as it requires a radical shift in posture.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8

See the shift? It’s crazy. When wisdom says go left but everyone around you and everything in you says go right, you go left.  You see, your understanding can steer you wrong because it’s tainted by sin. But when you listen to wisdom, the results are nothing short of walking in step with how God created things to be. It will bring healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. How great does that sound?

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