To know wisdom and instruction… – Proverbs 1:2a
As I looked at the first few verses of Proverbs chapter 1, I thought to myself, “What have I not seen?”
I looked for something to write about. I looked for something to share.
But in reality, what good is it if I write a post about wisdom, yet never heed it? If I’m going to spend time in God’s word only to write blog posts, what good is that? A devotional on wisdom from a writer who didn’t apply it? Pretty sad.
Verse 2 starts off with “To know wisdom…” In other words, these proverbs are a gift to us…the product of experiences (much of which we should want to avoid). They were written for us to learn, to know…
The problem is that knowing something is different than doing something. Having access to wisdom is not the same as putting that wisdom into practice.
The same can be said about Jesus. It’s one thing to know who He is; it’s another thing to know Him on a personal level. The more we have a personal relationship with the Wisdom of God, the more our choices and actions will reflect it.
So, as I share my thoughts on these proverbs, may they be more than comments on what I see, but a calling to a deeper relationship with Wisdom Himself.
April 2nd, 2018 at 7:59 pm
To have knowledge and exercise it properly = wisdom. To use wisdom as God sees fit, to me in the way Proverbs extols the word wisdom, it deserves a capital letter at the beginning = Wisdom. At least as I have gleaned from teachings, theologies, discussions and prayer. In the Psalms “Wisdom” is akin with the Godhead himself.
April 2nd, 2018 at 8:32 pm
Thanks for your thoughts, Jeff.