The topic of WISDOM is very, very hard to write about. I wonder why? Wisdom seemed to me integral to Truth. Truth determines what I venture to try, how I relate to others, where I place my loyalties, what my beliefs are, and how I will make ANY choices in my life. Wisdom takes time to acquire, but without Truth, wisdom will be elusive.
“Truth is defined as that which corresponds to reality as perceived by God because God’s perception of reality is never distorted It is a perfect perception of reality“. (R.C. Sproul)
I think this theme, Wisdom, is such a challenge because it is connected with other power-packed subjects:
Knowledge, Understanding, and Truth
All of these words have been debated and discussed since the beginning of time.
And since the beginning of time, men and women have listened to their own logic and thinking; they have accepted their own prejudice and opinion as truth. Unfortunately, that’s where the confusion begins. All one has to do is google a topic and many, many results will proclaim their own interpretations as truth.
Example: I searched the word ‘truth’. Found: a self-proclaimed prophet who was using the words from the Bible to refute the words in the Bible! I knew he was a whack-job when he claimed that Martin Luther and Billy Graham were false teachers!! No wonder so many are filled with confusion. No wonder many scoff.
“So much in our society asserts that all that matters is what is “true for me” or “for you” and many are influenced by this in their views…This means that our theory and our practice are all of a jumble, and between the proclaimed theory and at least some of the practice there is much inconsistency, if not actual hypocrisy. No wonder our country is all at sea, for the truth question runs across all dimensions of life, including the arts, and especially morality, and above all religion.” Dr. Harold Turner
Here’s the problem: Humans are pretty arrogant, thinking we know more than God, or worse, thinking He is a figment of our imagination.
For a good part of my adult life, what I wanted usurped anything God was trying to teach me. My arrogance created havoc! My knowledge was based upon the ‘wisdom of the world’. God’s truths were ignored or picked at like a salad bar. “I’ll take some of that, but definitely not that.”
“But your version of wisdom and knowledge were your undoing; you thought, “No one exists in the world of any consequence except me.” Isaiah 47:10, the Voice Ouch!
Where do we turn for the truth?
Jesus told us, “I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.” (John 18:37, The Message)
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9, NLT
Whoa! When I first read that I felt a tremendous amount of humility and awe. Knowledge began to make sense and had value when what I believed came from something greater than myself.
“Wisdom begins with fear and respect for the LORD. Knowledge of the Holy One leads to understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
(When you read ‘fear’ here, think ‘supreme respect, reverence, and awe’, not fright.)
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12, NLT
I can only say that I have personally experienced its power. And it is awesome. It’s changed a selfish, self-righteous heart to one who values what God values – His people—all of them.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6, ESV
If any of you have doubted or wondered about your personal stance of what you accept as Truth, my hope is that you start your journey to seek what God says,
“Trust me, I’ll guide you through anything you will ever have to face. God will lead you to the truth you seek.” (Suzanne paraphrase of Proverbs 3!)