Proverbs 2:1,2 3:1-4
Rev. Ronald Burns
Wisdom is the ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge is gained. Wisdom is a deep understanding and realizing of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to choose or act to consistently produce the optimum results with a minimum amount of time and energy.
It is the ability to effectively and efficiently apply perceptions and knowledge and produce
the desired results. It is also the understanding of what is true or right coupled with judgement as to action. Wisdom requires control of one’s emotional reactions, so that principles, reasons and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions.
Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, could tell you a thing or two about wisdom. There’s biblical evidence that Solomon was wise and a collector of wise sayings. Whatever words of wisdom he heard down through the years, he applied it to his life or of someone else’s. Through inspiration and God’s gift, he was able to share his wisdom with his sons.
These words of wisdom weren’t just for his children, but for everyone who is seeking wisdom. These words of wisdom in Proverbs, they don’t just entertain; they encourage and offer hope. Solomon is telling us, especially the youth, to pursue wisdom rather than foolishness. He’s encouraging the inexperience to become wise rather than mock something or somebody, to be teachable rather than someone who can’t be taught, and to live rather than to die. For those young men who think you know everything, for those who think that they’ve arrived, for those who think your stuff don’t stink, and for those who think there’s nobody better than you, just keep on living. You’ll soon discover you didn’t know everything you thought you knew. You’ll soon discover you haven’t arrived. You’ll soon discover that your stuff does stink. You’ll soon discover that there’s somebody better than you.
A little wisdom can go a long way. Wisdom reveals intelligence, wisdom shows growth. Wisdom shows maturity. Wisdom shows how far you’ve come. Wisdom knows when to speak and when not to speak. Wisdom knows when to move and when not to move. Wisdom will help you understand right from wrong. Wisdom will cause you to have a change in your life. Without wisdom, the world would be in a depressing and hopeless situation. Too many times we want to do what we want to do. Too many times we make unwise decisions and wonder why we hit a bump in the road.
Too many times we let our egos get in the way. Too many times we refuse the help of the wise. God has been telling us for a long time about how we need to live. Our thinking is limited to what our finite minds can perceive or understand. Relying on our own assessment of the situation could easily steer us away from God’s will.
Even the smartest amongst us are foolish compared to an infinitely wise, and omniscient God. Godly wisdom requires the right attitude and an appropriate action. That’s why it’s important to become familiar with scripture. If we read and study the bible every day, we’ll acquire a sound foundation for making wise decisions whenever trouble arises, because we’ll know what pleases and displeases God.
The Lord has given us His Holy Spirit as our guide to give us understanding of His word and to make wise decisions. It convicts us when we drift into sin, and helps us obey God’s word. Everything we need to live wisely has been provided by the Lord. Those who walk in wisdom receive directions from the Lord. Those who walk in wisdom, knows their steps are ordered by the Lord. Those who walk in wisdom, know the Lord will fight your battles. For those of you who walk in wisdom, know He’ll feed you when you’re hungry. Those of you who walk in wisdom, know He’ll keep you from hurt, harm, and danger. Those of you who walk in wisdom, know He’s a doctor who’s never lost a patient. Those of you who walk in wisdom, know He’s all you’ll ever need.
Without wisdom, I’m a ship without a sail.
Without wisdom, I’m a car without any gas.
Without wisdom, I’m a book without a chapter.
Without wisdom, I’m a bridge that connects to nowhere.
Thank God for His wisdom!
Does anybody know who this wisdom is? I’m glad you ask, because I’m dying to tell you! His name is Jesus! Mary’s baby, Micah’s mercy, my wheel in the middle of a wheel. Jesus, my bread when I’m hungry, water when I’m thirsty. Jesus, my money when I’m broke. Jesus, my bridge over troubled water. Jesus, my bright and morning star. Jesus, the one who travelled through forty and two generations. Jesus, who walked along these mundane shores. Jesus, the one who was wounded for my transgressions and bruised for my iniquities. Jesus, the one who died on Calvary, and laid in a borrowed tomb.
But early, I said early, right early, on Sunday morning. Before getting up got up, before time knew his name, He got up, He got up, and He got up, with all power in His hands.
Isn’t He alright!
Isn’t He alright!
I said, Isn’t He alright!