The Lord offers wisdom freely; However, most do not bother to ask and therefore receive. Wisdom is a rich harvest with a meagre harvest. The personified wisdom shouts in the street: „I`m here! I bring great blessings! Thus the proverb sends: The wisdom of the mistress sends disciples. She deliberately invites people to the banquet. And she threw herself into others. It is probably an image of parents and a community of faith that has built wisdom and now reproduces it in the lives of others. It is intentional. A great practice for growing in wisdom is to spend time in Proverbs every day. There are 30-31 days a month and there are 31 proverbs. Read a chapter of Proverbs every day and you will surely grow in wisdom.
Today we begin a new set of lessons on wisdom from the Book of James. James has already introduced us to the problems and how God uses those problems in our lives, and now he moves on to what you need most in the midst of those problems. Wisdom. It is impossible to have wisdom outside of God. He is the source of all knowledge and wisdom. Yes, unbelievers can sometimes receive the general grace to stumble upon truths and even act correctly. But true biblical wisdom can only come from an appropriate relationship with Christ. 3. Speed of the intellect; willingness to worry; dexterity in execution; like the wisdom of Bezaleel and Aholiab. Exodus 31.
If you`re facing difficult situations or decisions and feel like you`re under fire in the middle of a trial, you`ll need wisdom. God attaches great importance to wisdom. The greatest human wisdom is factual knowledge, situational insight, and the necessary determination, which together have the greatest probability of success in achieving the right and intended goal. Ultimately, wisdom is theological because of the connection between Jesus and wisdom, both in his teachings and in his person. Josephus identified Jesus as a wise man, a sage. Jesus` teachings are wisdom and the Sermon on the Mount is an excellent example of this. But the wisdom of Jesus is also incarnate. Jesus is the embodiment of God`s wisdom for the Church.
Paul often points to Jesus as an example for the Church to follow. Finally, biblical wisdom will add a just and God-fearing component to its definition. One can have right facts, proper insight, and determination to act, but do so to achieve an ungodly end. An evil leader may have the right facts about invading vulnerable territory, he may know when is the best time to achieve it and have the will to act accordingly – but if he does not have a „just purpose”, then he should not be considered divine wisdom. And the Bible is concerned with leading us to divine wisdom. That`s really the biggest difference between the two. Would you rather have a small gift now or a big gift later? Do you want the temporary pleasure of sin or the eternal joy of following the Lord? And because our hearts are dedicated to the old adage that a bird in your hand in the bush is worth two, we tend to go to the temporary. We don`t think much about the future. We want what we want, and we want it now.
And while it`s stupid to say, „I`ll take the dollar now and not the $100 later,” we take the dollar. You see how the path of female madness ends with death. But the lady`s way of wisdom is a way of life. One follows fleeting pleasures, the other eternal. 3. Set limits. Once you thirst for wisdom, the rules of your lifestyle will change. You`ll wonder if it`s wise to eat junk food at 10 p.m., or if it`s smart to talk to your ex if he`s broken your heart three times in the last 2 years. Protecting your soul (your feelings, your heart, your desires) is a path that leads to great spiritual wisdom.4. Surround yourself with wisdom. Wise counsel, wise people, wise books – all these things are ways of wisdom. Birds of a feather gather, right? Do you want to be an eagle or a sleeping bird?5.
Learn from your mistakes. The first time could be an accident. The second time could be a mistake. But the third time? That is a problem. Remember, being wise means not only that you have established information based on facts and truths, but that you are now ready to apply it to your life. If you`ve received a speeding ticket on a particular road, how smart is it to get back on that road?6. Learn from the mistakes of others. Chaplain and activist Gail Masondo once said, „Discernment prevents the experience from being your teacher.” Personally, you don`t have to go through everything to learn a big lesson.
Observe and observe. You can learn a PhD in life by enrolling in this course on your own. And that`s what we see, how the woman goes crazy. She knows that we are engaged in the temporary. We`re like the cat that simply can`t resist following a laser pointer, or the dog that can`t help but run after a car`s shiny bumper. So she appeals to it. She said to a thirsty man, „What you really need is salt.” But wisdom gives real nourishment. If you want to know if you are walking in wisdom, consider living a life of contentment in Christ or not. The wisdom of this world, simple human erudition; or the carnal politics of the people, their art and tricks to promote their worldly interests; also called carnal wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:2 Corinthians 1. A growing consensus among experts is that Old Testament law is customary law and not our modern sense of legal law or code of law. That is, the law of the Old Testament is very similar to wisdom.
If so, then the law (Torah) is a source of wisdom. This is what Second Temple Jews like Ben Sira thought. The law also remains a source of ethical wisdom for the Church. But ethical wisdom is not limited to the law, but is also guided by the spirit (e.g., Ephesians 5:18) and shaped by Christ (e.g., Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 4:1). Wisdom begins and ends with the fear of the Lord. It is not the fear of being struck by lightning or the fear of being struck dead, but it is a deep, enduring, and holy reverence and respect for the Lord and His Word, the Bible. The Book of Proverbs has more to say about wisdom than any other book in the Bible. For example, Solomon said in Proverbs 9:10, who was the wisest man on earth, at least until Christ came, „The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the sacred is insight. Where there is fear, there tends to be obedience, and God has said that He prefers obedience to sacrifice (1 Sam 15:22; Hosea 6:6). Sometimes obedience comes before understanding, and when someone obeys what they know to be true, understanding usually follows. Wisdom begins with respect for God and fear of Him and His Word.
This is where wisdom begins. Where there is no fear of the Lord, there can never be true wisdom. This is simply not possible. PRACTICAL SNACK: To gain wisdom, we must fear God, study His Word, and desire, in prayer, to understand life from God`s point of view. Ultimately, wisdom comes from the work of Jesus Christ.