Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The sound of Wisdom

Read Proverbs 8.

Solomon often personified wisdom.  Here, wisdom openly calls for attention.  As people are going along in life, at a crossroads decision, or in the market place of business choices are being made.  God is not silent in those times.  We will act wisely or foolishly depending upon whether we listen to what He has to say to us.

There are at least four key characteristics of God's wisdom.  In making decisions here is a quick checklist.

1.  Is it Noble? (v.6a)
Something noble is a cut above the rest.  It stands out like a military officer is dress uniform.  Everyone notices.  Think of the right sort of pride in excellence.  Choosing wisely is like that.

2. Is it Right? (v.6b)
When something is right, it is morally and legally just in the sight of the LORD.  There is no partiality.  It is simply the right thing to do.

3. Is it Truth? (v.7)
A lie is an abomination to God.  A half-truth is a nothing more than a big fat lie.  To represent the One who claims to be Truth and has given us His truth in writing means we must speak and act truthfully at all times.

4. Is it Straight? (v.9)
Speaking in a straightforward manner means there is no duplicity.  God's wisdom is plain for all to understand  It has integrity in that what He has to say is consistent throughout.

How valuable is God's wisdom?
"...all that you may desire cannot be compared with her." (v.11b)

How do you know when you have it?
"The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil." (v.13)

What is the reward of wisdom?
"For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD." (v.35)

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