A wise man hears and increases learning. Proverbs 1:5 NKJV
What do you think of when you say the word wisdom? Does good judgment come to mind? What about obedience? That’s right obedience. Ever consider how obedience and wisdom go hand and hand? Let’s review Proverbs 1 and 2 and conclude with first two verses of Proverbs 3. Get out your bible and read along with me.
Where does wisdom come from?
According to Proverbs 2:6 it comes from God: For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Therefore, with our hearts open to God, we ask Him for wisdom. James 1:5 NKJV says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
How does wisdom work?
Look at Proverbs 2:7-9 and see what the Lord does for those who seek Him, cry out for discernment, apply their heart to understanding and incline their ear to wisdom:
He stores up wisdom for us
He is our shield
He guards the paths of justice
He preserves the way of His saints
The benefit of wisdom entering our heart is knowledge pleasant to our soul. Discretion preserves us, understanding will keep us, to deliver us away from evil (Proverbs 2:10-12).
Wisdom tied to Obedience?
Jesus told us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in Matthew 10:16. James calls us to be doers of the word (James 1:22). Jesus said in Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” But this not just a New Testament teaching, no this goes back to the Old Testament as well. Jeremiah 23:22 says “But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.”
Wisdom comes when we hear God’s Word and apply His truth in our life. When we actually do what we hear, wisdom is the result. That wisdom guards our life by the power and grace that comes from God alone.
My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will added to you. Proverbs 3:1-2 NKJV.
Lord Jesus, may our hearts be open to Your precious wisdom giving Word. Enable us to not only hear but do what You have told us. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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