Text: “…let a wise person listen and increase learning, and let a discerning person obtain guidance…” – Proverbs 1:5 (CSB)
Most of us would aspire to be wise, or “discerning and able to judge properly as to what is true or right.” But, to do this biblically, we must clarify the standard we are seeking to meet as we apply knowledge or action in real life situations. Is the standard simply the norms and values of those around us? Is situation ethics the standard that guides us? God offers us more through the wisdom of His Word.
Personally, to be wise would be to understand the will of the Lord and to fulfill it in ways and means that would bring honour to Him alone. This requires of me, an understanding of His word and a willingness to listen to it. More than this, our text encourages me to obtain guidance from it. Though His word, God calls us to a decision regarding His will that we might obey it.
For myself, I have found the call of God to be an adventure as I have sought a partnership with Him in my pursuit of wisdom. To exercise my will and to actively seek His Presence through prayer and bible study has enabled me to be led by God, but also to lead others into the security of His will.
At this junction, I have to say that the personal satisfaction I have found in a prayerful lifestyle has born good fruit into my life and into the lives of my children and grandchildren. At this level alone, I find the encouragement and incentive to persist in my pursuit of Godly wisdom.
But the world view of the bible offers so much more. It introduced me to a knowledge of the great controversy between good and evil, to an understanding of it’s origins and to the outcomes of this spiritual battle. Bible study and prayer has helped me to find peace with myself and a context to deal with the inequities we all experience in this sin-torn world. I am grateful for the comfort I have found in the many promises of scripture. Promises which ultimately will be fulfilled in my absolute redemption from the penalty, power, and presence of sin.
To this end, I encourage you to be patient, but diligent in your pursuit of God’s will. Give Him the permission to patiently, gently make the changes in your life that you might be better able to listen to and understand the guidance He offers. He who created us desires to bring us to the very zenith of joy and purpose.
For me, this journey has largely been a matter of the heart, in which He has changed my desires and dreams, that they may be fulfilled in ways that have truly built me and made me a better person.
While, I am still a work in process, I have the peace that God will have His way with me. I surrender into His care willingly, because He really does know what is best for me in this life. It is “in Him”, that I has the assurance of eternal life, and so I find God worthy of my praise and adoration.
Take a good look at the wisdom of the bible as we continue in our study. It is the wisdom of One who is all powerful and “able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, without blemish and with great joy.” (Jude 24 CSB)