5. Proverbs 1:1-6 The Personality Of Wisdom part 3a v.2
The Aim v.2-4
To Acknowledge v.2 To know wisdom and instruction;
To Apply to perceive the words of understanding
To Accept v.3 To receive the instruction of wisdom
The Aim v.2-4
To Acknowledge v.2
Development (Skill) To know Wisdom
Wisdom is a perspective. Wisdom is seeing from God’s perspective. Everything we think, and the way we respond to situations is based on the way we sees things and interpret.
J.I. Packer writes, “Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.”
Certain things leap forward when we recognize that God is our only source of wisdom. We should adore Him for His wisdom:
Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.
Worthy to receive means that God’s value and the significant worth of Christ deserves constant acknowledgement and worship.
To know wisdom is to worship Jesus, find our value in Him, and recognize our need of a deepening relationship to Him as our source of wisdom.
We are intrigued with intellect, brainpower and brilliance. We want to be smart, feel shrewd and we have enshrined intelligence as a great citadel of attraction.
But where are we looking for wisdom, what are we depending on to create an awareness of our surroundings and personal challenges? Do we seek God for wisdom? Do we value Christ’s significant worth and have feelings of adoration expressed to His merit?
We have to daily come to the realization that we all lack wisdom and our natural intelligence is deficient of wisdom. Our only source of true wisdom is God.
James 1:5 if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and doesn’t scold and reprimand us; and it shall be given him.
This is an amazing promise and it’s surrounded in the context of problem solving in the frustrating tests and trials of life. We lack wisdom, and don’t have a clue of what would be best as to a solution in difficulty.
In the course a day, we don’t know how to meet a particular problem, and we constantly need to ask God, who gives generously to everyone, without making them feel foolish or guilty. He promises the necessary wisdom will be given.
God is infallible. He’s perfect, flawless and right every time. There is no error in His wisdom. He is incapable of a wrong move.
Col. 2:3 state that in Jesus Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
John Phillips writes: “He is wise enough and knowledgeable enough to plan the creation of the universe and to plan the size and composition of everything from galaxies to subatomic particles.
He has wisdom enough to decide the size, speed, and orbits of a hundred billion galaxies. He has wisdom and knowledge enough to hold positively charged protons together in an atom’s heart; enough wisdom and knowledge to invent DNA, the very code of life itself; and wisdom and knowledge enough to control all the factors of time, matter, and space and to hold them in proper balance so that all things work out according to the counsels of His will.
The Lord has wisdom and knowledge enough to comprehend and countermand the entire “mystery of iniquity” (2 Thess. 2:7). He has wisdom and knowledge enough to fathom the mind, malice, and motives of the Prince of Darkness and to overrule unerringly all of his deep and diabolical schemes. He has wisdom and knowledge enough to be aware of the mind, heart, will, hopes, fears, aspirations, potential, limitations, thoughts, words, and actions of every creature in all ages of time. He has wisdom and knowledge enough to foresee the future and make all things work together ultimately for our good and His glory.
He is the only wise God.
No god lolling or lusting on fabled Mount Olympus had wisdom. No pagan god about whom we read in the sacred Scriptures had knowledge. No Baal, Ashtoreth, Moloch, or Dagon had understanding. No god in the tangled Hindu pantheon is wise. We worship the only God who is wise, and His name is Jesus.”
The amazing personality of our loving God is not only that He is infinitely high in power and wisdom, but sovereign over all things. He is intimately near, designing every matter in our lives with arms embracing our every need and desire. We can depend on Him for wisdom, nothing is to small and nothing is too large as He is entering into each of our lives in intricate compassionate detailed wisdom.