September 1, 2011

Wisdom is Learned

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 1, 2011

“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair.” Proverbs 1:1-3

There is a definite educational element to wisdom. It does not happen in a spiritual vacuum or without intellectual effort. Those who excel in becoming wise learn how to educate themselves in the ways of wisdom. They read the Bible and other writings that define wisdom, with a filter of faith in God. There are wise sayings outside of Holy Writ, but beyond the context of Christ, wisdom drifts into a cheap imitation in worldly wisdom.

Therefore, for wisdom to be the most meaningful it must incubate and grow in a teachable and humble heart. A seed of corn does not germinate on the surface of hard soil—in a similar ecosystem, seeds of wisdom bring life and insight to a heart moistened by heaven’s righteous rain. Lifetime learners understand the need to always gain wisdom. Moses, upon a foundation of faith, was educated in wisdom in preparation to become one of God’s chosen leaders.

“Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action” (Acts 7:22).

However, it’s from an unselfish motivation and a humble attitude that the Lord’s wisdom is able to transform a life. Wisdom is not for personal gain, but for the propagation of Almighty God’s agenda. A once wise man becomes a fool, when he uses divine insight for individual advantage, instead of the good of the group. What is God teaching you? How are you growing wise in your parenting, marriage and decision-making skills?

Educators in wisdom are all around—pray for your Pastor to sit at the feet of Jesus in prayer, so his mind might be molded by the Holy Spirit’s insights and instruction. Look for wisdom from faithful saints who penned timeless words, while they worked through their suffering and triumphs, as disciples of Jesus. Wisdom comes from Ph.D.’s, village preachers and everyone in between. Wisdom abounds where the wise are found. Remember—the less you talk—the more wisdom you gain, as you listen to learn.

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” (Proverbs 1:5).

So, be a student of your Savior Jesus’ wisdom and you will never lack for knowledge. Wisdom is what attracts your children and grandchildren to want to be with you. The wise age well—like a robust wine—while fools flounder in insecure ignorance. Wise Christians are continually educated in wisdom, so that they can prayerfully educate others.

“His [Christ’s] intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known” (Ephesians 3:10a).

Who can I learn from and gain a heart of godly wisdom?

Related Readings: Proverbs 11:2; Jeremiah 49:7; Luke 2:52; Ephesians 1:8

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  1. John J Correa says:

    Thanks, great insight!

  2. Ijust wanted to say I truly appreciate receiving these daily readings. I am not able to contribute financially now. But wanted to acknowledge you and say thanks. It is an awesome way to start my day being uplifted and nourished by the Word!

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