Wisdom – it has been the subject of our Wednesday evening Men’s Discussion Group and Proverbs provides point-counterpoint kind of look at wisdom.  Specifically, wisdom, in the context of humankind…some have it and others do not. Wisdom is not simply knowledge. I am sure you have known one or two individuals who are very intelligent but are not very wise.  We get a biblical understanding of this in Genesis…in the garden.  God told Adam and Eve, And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”  The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  It was not called the tree of wisdom.

Wisdom, from the perspective of God is an entirely different matter.  The Bible teaches us many things and one of its most foundational teachings is that God is all-wise.  There are so many wonderful passages but the one I think brings this idea of God as Wisdom home today comes from the conclusion of Paul’s letter to the Romans in Ch. 16 (vv 25-27):  Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

Reflection:  Now, what’s the point here?  Well, there was another tree in the Garden of Eden, remember?  If not, here is a quick link to Genesis 2.  The second tree is called the Tree of Life!.  Today, far too many Christians desire wisdom but their source is all wrong – not unlike Adam and Eve.  It’s easy to get lulled into the flashy sparkly stuff.  I encourage you to seek one source, the true source of wisdom – the Tree of Life every day.

Here are 2 concluding reflection passages for today:

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones.” (Proverbs 2:6-8)

“If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:5-8)

 

This coming week’s readings:

10/29 Jeremiah 43-44 Psalm 119:161-168 Revelation 18 Karissa
10/30 Jeremiah 45-46 Proverbs 6 Revelation 19 Dale
10/31 Jeremiah 47-48 Psalm 119:169-176 Revelation 20 Craig H.
11/1 Jeremiah 49-50 Proverbs 7 Revelation 21 Craig R.
11/2 Jeremiah 51-52 Psalm 120-121 Revelation 22 Karl
11/3 Ezekiel 1-3 Proverbs 8 Luke 1 Matt