Last week we looked at James’ teaching on the topic of wisdom. James tells us in Chapter 3:13-18 that there are two kinds of wisdom–Worldly Wisdom (from below) and Godly Wisdom (from above). He also gives us clear identifiers we can use to spot the fruit of true Godly Wisdom (v. 17).
This week we will turn our attention back to the Old Testament to learn more about how we can acquire wisdom from above, or Godly Wisdom.
Solomon is universally recognized as one of the wisest men to every live. The book of Proverbs, which Solomon authored, is the centerpiece of the Old Testament wisdom literature.
Proverbs 1:7 identifies for us where wisdom comes from–“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Starting in Proverbs 2, Solomon begins a lengthy discourse on what he describes as the pursuit of wisdom. This will be the focus of this week’s Compass.
Solomon begins his argument concerning the pursuit of wisdom with an if/then statement. Proverbs 2:1-4 lay out the conditions of the if/then statement. These short commands provide the context for how we gain Godly Wisdom. Starting in Proverbs 2:5, Solomon gives two “then” statements that describe God’s response to those who diligently seek wisdom.
Godly Wisdom is the result the spiritual process of seeking after God and crying out for discernment. Solomon identifies the tools God uses to impart His wisdom to His children, and these include His Word, His Spirit, and our Prayerful response to Him.
And where does it all begin? With the fear of the Lord (v. 7). Keep in mind that the “fear” Solomon is talking about is not to be afraid of the Lord, but fear in the sense of a holy respect or awe for the Lord. When we acknowledge Yahweh as our Creator and a three-times Holy God who calls us His child and we call Him Father, this invokes a great sense of awe or fear within us. This sense of awe, Solomon tells us, is the beginning of wisdom.
Let me encourage you to download the full version of The Compass this week and spend time prayerfully studying Proverbs 2:1-9 as we investigate how we gain Godly Wisdom. Included with this week’s newsletter is a wonderful sermon by Adrian Rogers on Proverbs 2 that breaks out in detail the tools God uses to impart His wisdom to us and how we can best make use of these tools.
May God use His Word and His Spirit to impart His wisdom upon you this week as you prayerfully call out for wisdom and discernment. May you seek it as you would seek silver or gold or a great hidden treasurer. For the Lord gives His wisdom to those who diligently seek it.–Chris Eller
This Week’s Core Virtue
Bible Study (Hebrews 4:12): I study the Bible diligently to know God, to become like Christ, and to discern His will for my life.
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