Wisdom

The Proverbs are replete with admonishings to seek wisdom. (Proverbs 17:24; 17:2; 16:31-32, among many others).

Proverbs is characterized by it’s use of parallelism. It contrasts fools and the wise, righteous with unrighteous, just with unjust, etc. It relates very closely to human experience and how sons of God ought to be completely separated from the works of this world.

A particular verse that caught my attention today was Proverbs 17:24, “Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.” That was from an NKJV version, but I prefer the ESV version of this verse, “The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.” Very similar but I like how “him who has understanding” is transliterated simply (but profoundly) as “the discerning.”

The transliteration for this word (paniyum) can mean the following:

-in front of, before, to the front of, in the presence of, in the face of, at the face or front of, from the presence of, from before, from before the face of.

Wisdom, then, is beyond mere intellectual acquisition, it shows in someone’s personality and character. The call for wisdom is not primarily so you know how to solve your problems and tribulations, but so you may know God, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).

Salvation itself is not an act of raising your hand and repeating a prayer. I do not believe in decisionism, but rather in regeneration, the process by which God Himself destroys your heart of stone filled with secular wisdom and replaces it with a heart and a mind bent and willing to know Him. Not only that but He gives you a nature that now desires Him! By desiring Him I don’t mean to sing a song that says that, I mean in-depth, truly exegetical, devoted, solemn, respectful study of the Word of the Living God.

Solomon exhorts his audience in Proverbs 2:1-8, ESV:

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.”

How else will you know who saved you, from what He saved you, to what He saved you, and what His nature is if you do not delight in His Word? If your “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law [you] meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2) then you will know you are a son of God and that you are seeking the most honorable wisdom of all: that of the thrice Holy God who is Sovereign over all.

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One thought on “Wisdom

  1. Good exhortation to study God's Word and to dig deeper in the study of it. It is true that as we endeavor to diligently study and seek Him more His character will be revealed to us more and more! I truly believe that our love and adoration of God is driven by our "right" understanding of who He is, and so we should always seek to properly exegete the scriptures to extract the authors intended meaning and thus get the true biblical interpretation of any given text. Then we will know Him rightly and then love and worship Him rightly. Good post bro!

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