Wisdom Vs Natural Inclinations
2013: A YEAR FOR GATHERING WISDOM
Wisdom begins in wonder. -Socrates
Wisdom is found only in truth. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. –Tom Wilson
Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. -Walter Benjamin
1. the judicious application of knowledge
2. the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgment as to action.
Synonyms for Wisdom: ability, discernment, shrewdness, wit
Antonyms for Wisdom: foolishness, ignorance, stupidity
What The Bible Says About Wisdom:
Proverbs 24:14 Wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 3:13-14 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Examples From The Bible:
4 small creatures that are exceedingly wise: (Proverbs 30:24-28)
Solomon: (1 Kings 3:16-28) Solomon’s wisdom to determine a baby’s true mother
Job: (job 32:8) But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
The Example of Jesus To Us:
Matthew 7:24-24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock…”
Matt. 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Jesus As Wisdom’s Teacher: http://www.aportraitofjesus.org/wisdom2.shtml
Personal Thoughts and Application:
I spent 2012 studying many character traits that a Christian should strive to incorporate and develop. WISDOM is the final trait and perhaps the most important because in many ways it is a marriage of all the other character traits combined. For 2013, my heartfelt hope and prayer is for God to impart His Wisdom to me in some form or fashion each and every day. God’s Word says to seek and find wisdom and to apply it. God’s Word also says that He gives us His Holy Spirit to impart Heaven’s wisdom to us. All that God asks is for us to present to Him a teachable heart. In all things, I believe there is something to learn if we will try to seek His perspective, listen for His message to us, and not let our hearts become hardened. We must think outside our human box, however, for God’s ways are not our ways…and His values are often in complete opposition to our nature and what the world teaches. Join me this year, and approach each day with the heart of a child…..seeking to learn and be amazed, seeking to become wiser…..eagerly anticipating the lesson to be learned in the classroom of life.
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you have a teachable heart and seek God’s wisdom. May you realize that God’s wisdom may be opposite to wordly wisdom and yet trust that the Wisdom of Heaven stands the ultimate test of truth and time. May the end of 2013 find you much wiser in your personal knowledge of Him and able to apply and teach what you have learned to others.
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