Proverbs 4:6-7, “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding"
1 Corinthians 3:19, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God”
So, what is wisdom? Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction”. Thus, when we begin to recognize that our life is about God, and not about us, that my friend, is the beginning of wisdom. Sometime ago, I began to reflect on how little any one person knows and how very limited one person's wisdom really is. Each of us have some insights, knowledge and wisdom, but the extent is usually fairly limited to our area of influence and knowledge - our world. We’re good at what we do and have gained wisdom and knowledge regarding our special interests and experiences. However, if we were suddenly placed in a new, unfamiliar position or found ourselves in a foreign city unable to speak the language, not even knowing how to find a bathroom, we quickly become aware of our limitations. Thus, our knowledge and experience will not help us. Simply put we need someone to help us. Thus, when we consider the billions of people in the world, each having wisdom and knowledge about life in their world, we realize how little wisdom each of us as individuals really posses and compared to God, it’s next to zero! Think about the wisdom of God, in that He knows everything and is all wise. Even if we collected all the wisdom and knowledge of everyone in the world and measured it against God's wisdom, it would still be almost nothing. Also, when we realize that everything we know and everything we have comes from God, we cannot think ourselves as being wise, but only being humbled before Him. Remember the "wise advice" that Job's friends gave him when he had lost everything? They thought they were very wise regarding Job’s problems; however, God wasn’t impressed by any of them as recorded in (Job 38 to 41).
In the late 1970’s, thousands of men and women rushed to the American West. In the tradition of the diehard prospectors of 1849, they dredged river bottoms and reopened gold fields long since abandoned. However, the activity wasn’t sparked by new finds. The same old metal had been there all the time. But because the value of gold had skyrocketed, the dust and flecks were now worth mining. Suppose you knew that 100 pounds of pure gold could be found somewhere in the walls of your house? What you wouldn’t do to find it! Now let’s change the stakes, so to speak. What would we do if we knew that a large amount of wisdom was in our home? Well, it is if you own a Bible! God tells us that nothing compares in value with the spiritual treasures contained in the Bible, His breathed Word, not even gold at the highest prices (Job 28:12-17). We would most definitely search every square inch of our house to find the gold. Yet, do we seek with as much diligence the mind and will of God our Creator? Not really! As believers in Christ, we should cherish the precious treasures recorded in God’s inspired Word, which teaches us the way to an abundant life in this world and more importantly and eternal life in the world to come. Indeed, it is the source of wisdom that goes beyond that of the wisest philosophers (1 Corinthians 1:20). However, this fact is rarely acknowledged in our culture of today. So, I was delighted when I read an article by the New York Times columnist David Brooks’s extolling biblical wisdom. He praised Martin Luther King Jr. for insight into human nature derived from Scripture. He felt that King “had a more accurate view of political realities than his more secular liberal allies because he could draw on biblical wisdom about human nature. Religion didn’t just make civil rights leaders stronger – it made them smarter.” And Books said further, “Biblical wisdom is deeper and more accurate than the wisdom offered by the secular social sciences.” My friend, are we drawing on that source of wisdom in our own lives? We need Scripture’s wisdom to deal with our personal problems and political issues. If we study and obey the Bible, we will be able to humbly testify with the psalmist, “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99).
My friend, the next time you think you are wise in your eyes, remember, you may be knowledgeable and have some insights in your small world, but compared to total wisdom, you (and I) know very little. Even if we added all of our combined wisdom together, compared to God's, it’s nothing. Here are some scriptures to contemplate regarding the wisdom of God found in His Word:
(1) Psalm 119:3-4, “Give me understanding, that I may keep Your law; yes, I will observe it with my whole heart”
(2) Psalm 51:6, “Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart”
(3) Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding”
(4) James 1:5, “If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him”
(5) James 3:17 (NKJV), “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”
(6) 1 Corinthians 1:19, “For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing”
One truth from the Bible is worth more than all the wisdom of man.