THIRTY SAYINGS OF THE WISE
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in theLord, I teach you today, even you. 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, 21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve? Proverbs 22:17-21
One of the craziest things that I have ever done in my life is honestly believe that I have all of the wisdom I need to walk through this life. The older I get, the more I realize just how much I really don't know and how much God is willing to show me wisdom every day. For the next few weeks we are going to do just that. We are going to step into the 30 sayings of the wise that can be found in Proverbs 22-24 and see what we can glean from Solomon, one of the wisest leaders of his day. I am not saying that Solomon did not have room to grow, but when asked by God what gift he would like to receive, he requested wisdom, and I believe that God was able to speak through this vessel to help us to grow in wisdom as well. If there has ever been a time where we needed wisdom of God it is now. So I am praying that we will all walk together to listen and discern God's Words that were used from Solomon's willingness to be used by God. Prepare your heart and mind as we step into an opportunity of true growth in the days ahead.
Knowledge and wisdom are a little bit of different ideas in my mind, and please note that this is just my thoughts. You may have a different understanding of these words. For me, knowledge is having the understanding of right and wrong and how we are able to apply the things that we have learned in an every day setting. Having knowledge means that we KNOW.... it does not mean that we apply what we know. Wisdom on the other hand is the ability to apply the knowledge that we have gained into every situation of our lives. Understanding when we should or should not apply the knowledge that we have in the moments that arrive. Knowledge is learned information and wisdom is the ability to respond
with the knowledge that we have in a way that is beneficial to grow in all aspects or our life. One person is quoted as saying that, "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." Knowledge is the ability for us to be able to comprehend the situation because of what we have been taught and wisdom is the ability to sit back and discern actions before we take our first step. This is the type of wisdom that Solomon used throughout many parts of his life. I am not going to say that Solomon was not flawed, because he was a part of a fallen world, but he was capable, through the help of God, to step back and step out of the situation and make a decision based on wisdom.
So as we dive into the next 30 days, we are challenged to dig in and truly search for the wisdom that God is trying to speak to each of us. Today's scripture helps us to see the importance of paying attention and recognizing who we should and should not listen to as we live out each day. The first saying reaches out to the center or our inmost being and shares with us the challenge to take the words of the wise and apply them in our lives. We are able to gain trust by surrounding ourselves with trust worthy people who have the same mindset and goals in mind. Everyone has a mindset of reaching out to God and helping others to live out their lives as an example of Christ. There is no selfish desire or gain in their decisions. By applying these words in our personal lives, we are able to step into uncertain situations with trust and certainty because we are not alone. We have those who are walking with us and teaching us to live in honesty and to speak truth. We don't have to cover up our lives any more because we are surrounded by those who are reaching out to do the best that they can to pour into the lives of others. We are not living for selfish mindsets, but we are living for the Kingdom of God. We continue to draw close to God so that our minds are opened and willing to receive the hope of each day. I am not saying that there will not be days of struggles, but through wisdom we realize that we are not alone. We are able to truly walk together and pick each other up if we are willing to humble ourselves and step into the the wisdom that God provides in those that are walking with us.
So the question for today is this, "Are you ready to stop relying solely on knowledge and willing to find ways to truly learn wisdom. The differences between the two may seem miniscule to some, but it has truly caused the downfall of nations. One final example for
today. Just because we have the knowledge of God does not mean that we are going to go to heaven and live with Him in eternity. Many people have learned in history or in church about the Trinity- God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit- but many have never applied that knowledge to their lives. Here is where the truth comes out. Just having knowledge does
not give us a relationship or connection to God. Matthew 7:21 states: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." On that day many will know the name of Jesus, but if they are unwilling to apply the power of HIS grace to their lives and live it out through wisdom, we will find ourselves living a life of eternity separated from God. We cannot just have the head knowledge. We must be willing to apply the knowledge of God to our every day lives as we navigate the daily uncertainties that we face. I hope and pray that you will take these words to heart as we begin this journey together. May WISDOM be our guide because of the tumultuous waters that are in the days ahead. Have a great day.