Pr. 5:1: “My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding.”
I’m struck again today by what the Bible says about wisdom. In 1 Corinthians, Paul speaks about the wisdom of men vs. the wisdom of God. There is a vast difference indeed.
Paul is reminding the Corinthians, and us, that it is not the wisdom of man that we should chase, obsess over, or count on. He tells us in chapter 2:10-11 that the Spirit alone knows the deep things of God. We should be chasing after God.
When Paul spoke to them it was not with persuasive words of human wisdom, with excellence of speech, or from his own power and ability. The only thing he desired to know was Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and when he spoke, he demonstrated the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
The ‘wisdom’ of this world is driving us further and further from God. Of worldly wisdom, Is. 29:14 says that the wisdom of the wise will be destroyed and the understanding of the prudent will be brought to nothing. We cannot count on the wisdom of men to give us the answers we seek. We cannot count on the wisdom of men to protect us, solve our problems, or bring true freedom. Their wisdom will be destroyed and brought to nothing.
Only wisdom from the Lord endures. When seeking after wisdom, let’s make sure we’re going to the right source. Wisdom was with God at the beginning of His way, and exists with true prudence, knowledge, and discretion. (Pr. 8) We have been invited to ask God for that same wisdom, and told that He who gives to all liberally and without reproach will give it.
We may sometimes feel foolish in the face of worldly wisdom, but we needn’t. God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and the weak things to put to shame the things which are mighty. In the end, God’s wisdom will be what makes all things new and will lead us to our heavenly home.
Let’s grow wiser by running after God. He’s the one we can truly count on.
With eternity on my mind,