006M - The Virtue of Wisdom

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Wisdom is knowledge and knowing how best to use it.

It is intelligence and good judgment. Wisdom always does what’s right while fools do what they want. It takes study and prayer to be wise while foolishness comes by lazy default.

Solomon was a very wise man in his time. He was anointed King over Israel in the stead of David his father. He was overwhelmed at such a responsibility as any humble man would be. The Lord appeared to him and said, “…Ask what I shall give thee.” (1 Kings 3:5).

Solomon said, “…thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad…” (1 Kings 3:8-9)

Solomon’s request pleased the Lord and he said, “Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.” (1 Kings 3:12)

And it came to pass just that way. For more than 30 centuries Solomon has been deservedly acclaimed as the wisest of men, surpassed only by the Messiah himself. He gave more than 3000 proverbs of wisdom in his life. They are most useful, and they’re powerful. That’s why they’re scripture. In a world full of fools please consider these words of wisdom.
To all who would be wise: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom...” (Proverbs 9:10)

To those who wonder what wisdom is worth: “…wisdom is better than rubies; and all things that may be desired are not to be compared with it.” (Proverbs 8:11)

And speaking of priorities: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)

But that’s not to say we shouldn’t work hard: “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herd[s]. For riches are not forever…” (Proverbs 27:23-24)

Now, while you are prospering remember: “The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.” (Proverbs 29:7)
And what of debt? “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)

Why should wisdom matter to me anyway? “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13)

And if we want to be wise now, we should know this: “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool...” (Proverbs 28:26)

“Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.” (Proverbs 17:6)

However, whether families or friends, we see their mistakes constantly, and Solomon counseled: “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” (Proverbs 17:9)

And speaking of children, remember this: “…a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” (Proverbs 29:15)

But parents, please be careful for: “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind…” (Proverbs 11:29)

There’s much to depress us in this world, but wisdom says that’s not healthy: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

And what does wisdom says of those who tend to talk too much? “He that hath knowledge spareth his words….Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is counted wise...” (Proverbs 17:27-28) “A fool uttereth all his mind; but a wise man keepeth it in till afterward.” (Proverbs 29:11)

And closely related to those who talk too much are those who don’t listen: “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is a folly and a shame unto him.” (Proverbs 18:13)

Wisdom says also that anger is just stupid: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)

Now, to those lazy ones who tend to sleep too much and work too little: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” (Proverbs 6:6)

And to all those fools who are just ornery and cantankerous: “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” [- or man] (Proverbs 21:19)

Beware of those who love to argue: “He loveth transgression that loveth strife...” (Proverbs 17:19)

The world encourages pride, but wisdom says: “Pride goeth before destruction, and a [an] haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

And to all those gossips out there: “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” (Proverbs 18:8)

And finally on a lighter note, to those looking for a spouse, especially those obsessed with looks: “As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.” (Proverbs 11:22)

And speaking of the opposite sex: “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?” (Proverbs 6:27) “…whoso committeth adultery…lacketh understanding; he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonor shall he get…” (Proverb 6:32-33)

And far all those who sin and won’t repent, remember, “Hell and destruction are never full…” (Proverbs 27:20)

And for those times in life when trials and obstacles seem to overwhelm us: “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be thou weary of his correction; For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth: even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)

And when life knocks us down: “…a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…” (Proverbs 24:16)

To all those who want friends: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…” (Proverbs 18:24) “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city...” (Proverbs 18:19)

And what can I do now with my life that would be truly wise? Solomon said, “…he that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)

My friends, can a fool either be happy in this life or live with God in the next? Probably not. Therefore, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

By study, by faith, wisdom will come. As wisdom comes, we shall be happy in this life and saved in the next.

Glenn Rawson – June 2009
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