Wisdom and Understanding

June 13, 2018

Proverbs 8:12… I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.

            Many proverbs were written with wisdom in the first person. This is one of them. This one messes with my interpretation. When my interpretation is called into question by a verse, I have to look at the whole Bible, the whole counsel of God, and learn whether the verse is in fact part of His whole counsel, or if it stands alone and must be considered in the light of the whole counsel but in and of itself, it is not representative of the whole counsel.

            That last sentence sounded crazily philosophical. I am not… so just read it slowly and learn what it says. My interpretation has said that wisdom is the proper application of facts and understanding in a situation. Today’s verse says that wisdom finds knowledge and discretion. Wisdom is not the proper application of knowledge and discretion. Wisdom directs us to them. If you are thinking, “Jim is straining at a gnat”, let me say this. I think one of the strongest deceptions of the enemy in our day is the one that says we can, by use of our intellect, make right choices. That feeds into humanism which says that humans are the pinnacle of God’s creation and therefore have all that is needed to understand and live life. The most important understanding that a human can gain is to know that he or she is not the center of the universe. We are spinning around God like all matter. Humanism fuels the false concept of evolution because evolution does not need God. Humanism is built on the “me-first philosophy. Wisdom is not known by applying our intellect. Wisdom is a gift from God.

James 1:5… If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

            We don’t get wisdom by thinking; we get it by asking. It is greater than anything we can muster up with our minds. It is above our capacity to grasp. Wisdom will find knowledge and discretion. If you lack knowledge, ask God for wisdom, and let His wisdom lead you to the proper understanding.

            Wisdom is like a personal friend to us.