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Ok - So Who Wants To Be Wise?


"Who is wise and understanding among you" (Jas. 3:13)?

We all want to think that we have an amount of wisdom in us. There may be a correlation between having a lot of "knowledge" and wisdom, but the two are not necessarily one and the same. Maybe a more accurate assessment about wisdom is how well a person uses knowledge. James in the rest of the above verse says, "Let him show it by his good life, deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom." Now I see this as what true wisdom is all about..

The Book of James is certainly not the only place in our Bibles where wisdom is addressed. The Book of proverbs has some of the most direct things to say on the subject. This morning I will take you on a cruise through it to find some of the "wisdom passages." In the very first chapter the writer says, "Fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline" (V 7). Most of the first chapter is about exhortations to embrace wisdom and warnings against rejecting it. "A wise son heeds his father's instruction" is the advice about wisdom in 13:1. It is a call for young people to obey their parents. There is a lot of wisdom in that as they have their children's best interests in their hearts.

"A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil" (14:16). The fear being spoken of here is not of the quaking type but is more on the level of reverence. If we revere God we should not desire to do evil things... We all are acquainted with the person who "knows it all." They are difficult to deal with aren't they...The writer of Proverbs addresses this one too. "The way of the fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice" (12:15). It is needless to try to amplify on that.

We either are guilty of, or know people, who speak before they think....ALWAYS DANGEROUS!! "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise" (10:19). I can't possibly improve on that. The last nugget of wisdom in this wonderful book is from 11:30. "The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." When we do the things we should do and act they way we ought to act, people will notice. That is wise and souls can be won because of it. Finally, Jesus gives us his take on wisdom with the story of the wise and foolish builders of Matthew 7:24-27. The wise man is the one who hears His words and puts them into practice, building his house "upon the rock." Don't you feel wiser already?

Have a great day....Remember.... Love wins! Love mark Phil. 4:11

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