11th July 2012

Right Wisdom

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion…..The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.”
Proverbs 8:12, 22-23 (NIV)

To desire wisdom is a good thing; to use our knowledge and experience to change the world for the better. “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom,” (Job 28:28) is the advice given by the Bible.

We see God’s own wisdom in the universe he has created. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1). The cosmos is so finely tuned, so perfect for life, that just a small change in the laws of physics would see the end of the wonderful stars and galaxies we see in the night sky.

We also see God’s discernment in the life that populates this world of ours. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” (Psalm 139:14).

Our scientists spend vast amounts of time, energy and resources to mine this wisdom of God. And it has changed our lives – sometimes for the better, but unfortunately also many times for the worse. Often our knowledge is used for war and to destroy. This is clearly the wrong type of wisdom.

Our Bibles contain knowledge that isn’t found in scientific experiments. But it is wisdom that always brings change for the better. Try out this pearl of wisdom for size: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8). Now with this, we are getting a little–just a little–nearer to the full wisdom of God.

Oh, if only we would have the courage to be wise as that! Let’s give it a try; we can clearly see our Father’s wisdom in his creation, so let’s put his knowledge of love to the test.

Please Holy Father, help us throughout our lives to learn of that right wisdom which pleases you and enhances the lives of all our friends and those around us. In Jesus Christ’s name we ask this.

Study by John Merchant

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