***List of topical posts in this series is linked at bottom of this post.***
Have you ever made a bad decision? Ok, dumb question. Wisdom is skill in the art of living life. There is a book of the Bible that is devoted to teaching wisdom. It is the book of Proverbs. The point of Proverbs is to teach you wisdom so that you will live well in the world and honor God all the days that you live.
As we kick off this series on Wisdom, let me give you 4 truths about wisdom in general…
1. God is the source of wisdom
The commonly accepted belief about the source of wisdom is that wisdom comes from old age. But is this true? “The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.” — H. L. Mencken
The experiences of life can bring lots of learning if you have first have the wisdom to grow from life’s experiences. The Bible says this: God is the source of wisdom and we should urgently seek wisdom from him.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. – Proverbs 9:10
2. Wisdom sits above Law
Laws have the ability on the surface level to create a civilized person and even a civilized society. But this is only surface level. Take away the laws and you see a person’s true humanity come out. Consider what happens after any natural disaster when our law enforcement is unable to do it’s job. Example…looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
Wisdom is superior to Law because laws are external forces that force a person to conform to a standard, but wisdom is internal within a person. Wisdom can truly change a person from the heart. Laws can never touch the heart.
3. God’s wisdom is different than the world’s wisdom
Worldly wisdom would be the common thinking of the world, the common responses and actions and ways of getting things done in the world. God’s ways are different.
- What do you do when someone comes to arrest Jesus for his crucifixion? As Peter did, you draw your sword to fight. Jesus tells him to put it away.
- What do you do when 5,000 people must be fed and you’re out in the countryside? Send them away to the town to buy food. Jesus has a different way.
- The list of examples could go on…
“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness,’ and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile’.” – 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
The Christian life cannot be lived by worldly wisdom and the church cannot be run on worldly wisdom. You need God’s wisdom everyday.
4. Jesus is the wisdom of God on display.
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:20-24
You cannot have God’s wisdom or truly be wise apart from Christ. God’s mission in this world always and in every way revolves around Christ. Jesus said that no one comes to God, except through him. So as we start this journey of learning wisdom from the Lord, the most important question is this, “Have you surrendered your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the wisdom and power of God?”