I am going to be focusing on Proverbs each Saturday for a while. It’s a book so full of truth and wisdom but one I fear we often neglect to pay heed to. Tonight I want to begin talking about wisdom, without true wisdom we are but vain fools hoping in empty dreams and fantasies that will only disappoint and destroy us. But when we trust in the Lord, truly, fully, completely, then and only then will we gain true wisdom. Suddenly the world will begin to make sense because we will know the Creator. I’m not saying that giving our hearts to God will reveal all the secrets and reasons for every single thing in the world, it won’t. But it will reveal the Father to us, it will give us a glimpse into His heart and we will see His great love for us, his creation. A love so great that He sent his Son to die for our mistakes, mistakes that wrecked His creation. We will begin to see that even though we may not understand things going on here on earth, challenges we or others face on a day to day basis, we can rest assured that God is the Master of all things. Nothing, and I do mean nothing, happens outside his will and I know that he ultimately works all things, even the ones that seem catastrophic, for the good of those who love Him. I know this because his Son, my Savior, spoke of the ultimate good that is yet coming when this broken, fallen world is restored along with all those who put their lives in the Lord Jesus’ hands, believing and trusting in Him for their salvation. Living their lives to serve their shepherd. sharing in just a taste of the wisdom of God, just as Solomon did all those years ago.
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Proverbs 1:2-6
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:2-5
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:3-7