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Living Life with Wisdom

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Living Life with Wisdom

Hymns p. 8 “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven”

             p.6 “Joyful, joyful We Adore Thee”

 The Book of Proverbs is an accumulation of moral and philosophical precepts of a wide range of subjects written in a poetic form. In other words, it tells us practical ways on how to live life according to God’s precepts, appreciating the value of intelligence, prudence and good education. It also gives us a different perspective of that refined, discriminating, careful view of the finer shades of human character, of what goes on in the mind. Examples of these are: being lazy, procrastinating that lead to poverty Proverbs 6:10-11: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a vagabond and want like an armed man.”

The Book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon, as we know was the wisest man in the world during his time. He gathered many proverbs which sprang from human experience, his own and collection of other proverbs from different sources handed down from generation to generation as observed over the course of time.  It is written originally for his sons and the young males of Israel as he addresses them in totality as “my son”. But this book is certainly a fitting book for all youth and adults to read and study for spiritual wisdom and insight. 

The Book of Proverbs was written:

  1. To form right notions of things, and to possess our mind with clear and distinct ideas so that we may know both how to speak and act wisely.
  2. To distinguish between truth and falsehood, good and evil and to gain insight.
  3. To make our conversation right.

Let us consider one of the topics in this book, that is, Wisdom…

Reader 1 Readings about Wisdom

  1. Crying and calling out to people to get wisdom
  2. Why we need to study this book

Proverbs 1:2-7, 20-33

Proverbs 8:1, 4-11

Wisdom is the most referred theme in this book. Wisdom is personified. It calls and speaks.  Wherever men are found, wherever they come together, wisdom that is based on the fear of the Lord, CRIES out to be acknowledged, accepted and allowed to guide and direct men’s lives.

Hymns:  p. 181 “Blessed is the Man”

                p. 46 “Be Thou Our Vision”

The voice of wisdom or her teachings come to us over the air waves, from the printed pages. Even the internet is full of articles regarding wisdom. But caution is needed to discern which ones are true.  Most importantly, we can find wisdom from the pages of the Bible itself where we read Jesus Christ saying “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.: Wisdom through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit empowers us to make right decisions that lead to living a life of righteousness. What should we do if we want wisdom?

Reader 2 Readings how to get Wisdom as shown by King Solomon

I Kings 3:5-15

James 1:5-6

Proverbs 9:10-12

Reader 3 Readings on Other ways to get Wisdom

Hebrews 4:12

Psalm 105:97-105

Job 12:12 

Psalm 37:30

Proverbs 13:1

Proverbs 19:20 

Wisdom is liberally given by God to those who seek it. But we must as Proverbs 4:8 says “Prize her highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you for your embrace.” To prize something and to embrace someone are signs of intense desire and love. Wisdom must be valuable for us. We must be willing to sell all in order to buy it. “Seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasure - Proverbs 2:4. To get wisdom, we need to pray and ask God for it, read and study His words, follow His laws and commandments, His righteous judgment, listen from the advice of the righteous, the learned and the aged.

Hymns p. 63 “O How Love I Thy Law”

            p. 100 “Wisdom Begins With the Fear of the Lord”

Reader 4 Readings on Blessings, Promises and Reward come to those who seek Wisdom

Proverbs 8:12-21

Ecclesiastes 7:11-12, 19

Ecclesiastes 7:19

Ecclesiastes 2:13

Proverbs 3:13-18

The biblical definition of wisdom is the fear of the Lord as that’s where it begins and God is the source. The earthly wisdom is really no wisdom at all because “the wisdom of this world is folly with God” (1 Cor 3:19). By having wisdom as given from above, we are assured of a peaceful and abundant life amidst strife or difficulties that may come while living in this world.  As we all know, this world is contrary to God’s way of life. Wisdom will help us discern which way we should go and avoid.

Hymns:  p. 38 “God Made our Hands”

                p. 2.1 “Trust and Obey”

Announcement: “Watch & Pray”

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The opposite of wisdom is folly and/or foolishness. This is the trait of acting rashly, senseless behavior that lead to lawlessness and disobedience. Let’s read some accounts where people acted in folly as well as the effect of foolishness

Reader 5 Readings of Account of People who acted Foolishly and Contrary to God’s ways

1 Samuel 13:7-13

Isaiah 59:7-8

Psalm 53:1

Epheseians 4:18-19

Reader 6 Readings about the effects of Folly and Acting Foolishly

Proverbs 18:2, 6-7

Proverbs 3:35

Proverbs 17:25

Proverbs 10:14

Psalms 14:1-4

Ecclesiastes 10:12-14

Foolishness is the result of a person misusing the intelligence God has given him. A fool uses his reasoning skills to make wrong decisions. The most basic type of foolishness is denying God’s existence or saying “no” to God. Charles Spurgeon, a famous preacher once wrote, “Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool.”

Hymns: p. 113 “Heal All Anger”

              p. 2.40 “Fools Have Said That There is No God”

Wisdom is the principal thing that we must possess. But before we can have that, we must have the right information, access to it and understand them. 

Reader 7 Readings on verses about Knowledge

Proverbs 9:10

Proverbs 18:15

Colossians 2:6-8 6

Reader 8 Readings on verses about Understanding

Psalm 119:130

I John 4:1

2 Cor 2:14

Romans 12:2

Reader 9 Readings of accounts of those who Applied Wisdom

I Kings 3:16-28 Solomon makes a difficult decision

Daniel 1:6-8, 18-21 – Daniel and friends faced with breaking God’s laws.

By definition knowledge is collecting, remembering, and accessing information.  However, knowledge is not the only thing. It is possible to have knowledgeand lack understanding and wisdom.  Someone might know a lot of things, might know facts, but unless that someone know they mean or what to do next, knowledge is useless.

On the other hand, those with understanding are able to deduce the meaning out of facts and information presented.  They perceive the facts in such a way that answers to what, how, and why are determined. Understanding is a lens which brings the facts into focus and produces principles.  Again, understanding alone is not enough nor knowledge and understanding enough to live a fruitful life.

Wisdom Is the goal that we need to pursue. Those with wisdom know which principle derived from knowledge and understanding and apply in a given situation. Those with wisdom know what actions to take next. They do the right thing in the given situation.  In contrast, there are many who have great knowledge and understanding but who consistently do the wrong thing.

Wisdom leads to life while foolishness leads to destruction.  If you are wise, then continue to grow and mature in wisdom, walking in the proper fear of the Lord by listening to His words as written in the bible. Avoid every situation that will lead to folly or foolishness.  If you have been foolish, then it is time to forsake folly.  Listen and heed to wisdom’s call,enter into her house and eat of her banquet that is freely given.  Only there will we find life and peace.

Hymns: p. 44 “O Lord the Refuge of Each Generation”

              p. 99 “Not Many Wise Men Now Are Called”

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