By: Tim Sader
The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.
In the last Throwback Torch we found out about luck and that it has something to do with wisdom because in Ecclesiastes 10:17 the older, more wise ruler is the lucky one. Today’s scripture was also used in last week’s message. It tells us that by choosing to be wise and not stupid we receive honor instead of shame for our reward. If we simply listen to the Lord and not ignore His voice we are choosing to be wise (Proverbs 8:33). We may or may not know how the Lord will make us wise but by listening to the advice and instruction of others with more experience we gain their knowledge and become wiser (Proverbs 19:20). Written from a father, he addresses and calls us son and since the father teaches the son what is right and wrong the son gains wisdom from the father (Proverbs 23:19). To gain wisdom we must listen to the instruction and advice of the Lord and whoever He sends our way to train us and make us wise. There is no way to place value for wisdom it is priceless because it is supreme. It may cost everything you got to gain understanding but the price will be worth what you gain in wisdom (Proverbs 4:7). Rubies are a beautiful red gemstone and are extremely valuable even today. According to this scripture the price of wisdom is of far greater value then these precious gems (Job 28:18). The fear or reverence of the Lord is wisdom. So the value of knowing the Lord is God and realizing He is in charge has no price tag but is far more valuable than things we consider to be of great value. To have understanding we must turn from evil at all costs and will then be ready to gain wisdom (Job 28:28).
We should not rely on what we think is wise but instead we are to resist evil and have the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 3:7). As we learned in Job, the fear of the Lord is real wisdom. People who walk around thinking they know it all usually find someone who disagrees with them and because of pride there is no way to prove them wrong so this often causes a fight. The wise thing to do is take the advice and weigh its relevance so we avoid a fight and gain wisdom (Proverbs 13:10). Paul here is rejoiced over the obedience he heard about in Rome. He does warn them to seek wisdom in what is good but avoid evil and remain innocent from its grasp. There is no wisdom in doing evil but true wisdom comes from the Lord and is gained by doing what is right in his sight (Romans 16:19). Wisdom can be gained in many ways even just by admiring the Lords creation we can gain understanding of His wisdom. A sluggard is a lazy person who just sits around doing nothing except existing. The sluggard should consider the way of ants and be wise (Proverbs 6:6). An ant is one of the tiniest little creatures in creation, at first glance they seem to be just scurrying along with no purpose but the truth is they are very busy supplying food, building the colony or protecting the queen. Just as each ant has a purpose God has a purpose for us so we need to get busy like the ant. When we gain wisdom it can make us more powerful than ten rulers in the city we live in (Ecclesiastes 7:19). We’ve all heard the saying; knowledge is power well that saying is true because to be wise you must have knowledge. Here we see the true power of wisdom, by being wise you have more power than ten very influential people. Wisdom is a very special gift from God he even made the ant wise.
When we gain wisdom our soul rejoices because deep down inside we know nothing can rise up and challenge that wisdom we have gained. Wisdom gives you a hope for the future because you know you’ve made the right choices (Proverbs 24:14). Even the choices that affect our long term plans will be the right choices, we know it will happen and we can have that hope to hold on to. Wisdom is a benefit for man and is even like an inheritance because it was given to us as a gift from God. Wisdom gives us shelter because it has power and can be as valuable as money. Money means nothing without the knowledge of how to spend it but the wise man will survive regardless to what’s in their bank account (Ecclesiastes 7:11-12). In hard times wisdom will preserve our lives. True wisdom comes from God who has all wisdom but grants man the ability to learn a little. The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom and His weakness is stronger than man’s strength (1 Corinthians 1:25). This is a profound statement but makes perfect sense; man’s knowledge cannot come close to Gods foolishness yet alone His wisdom. God gives wisdom to man because without Him we know nothing but He knows it all. The wisdom being spoken of is not the wisdom of the current condition of man but is a secret kind of wisdom for those who will listen. God’s wisdom is not relative to the constraints of time but was hidden for what glory God had destined it for (1 Corinthians 2:6-7). His wisdom is older then time!
Matthew 11:19 says, “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” ‘ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.” In the Word wisdom is referred to as a female in many verses. When Christ came to earth many people made judgments of Him because he was not the messiah they were expecting. How could the Son of God hang around sinners and still be righteous it was insane to believe in him. What they didn’t do was see him in action nothing else mattered because he was doing the Lords work and sharing his wisdom just as the prophets foretold. Ephesians 1:7-10 tells us, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.” God gave us the wisdom and understanding to believe we are saved by grace and washed in the blood of Jesus. We are part of Christ’s purpose he came to save us and gave us the power to understand all mysteries in heaven and earth. It was all destined for our glory before time began. God sees no fault in us because of Christ so if we lack wisdom all we have to do is ask for it and the Lord who knows everything will give it to us (James 1:5). Even the world knows a kind of wisdom in doing good for others but often times the motives in doing good are for self-gain or for any number of evil things. This is not Godly wisdom and will only lead to a disaster and more evil. True wisdom from heaven is full of every good thing and has no evil intent behind its actions. Here it lists the criteria of Godly wisdom in the following verses so wisdom is proved by its actions. Your actions and wisdom is either from God and will produce a harvest of righteousness or it is evil and will lead to destruction (James 3:13-18). Choose the wisdom of God and enjoy the inheritance He has promised you in Christ.