22nd August 2012

Get Wisdom!

“The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.”
Proverbs 18:17 (NIV UK)

There are times in our lives when we do others an injustice by listening to one side of a story and making a judgment based on one person’s explanation of events. The proverb cited above reminds us that we must give a fair hearing to the friend, colleague or relative on the other side of this dispute before taking sides or making a decision.

This wise saying, written by King Solomon, keeps us from trampling on the feelings of innocent people and it also protects us from ending up with “egg on our faces.” The Proverbs impart wisdom to us, courtesy of the wisest man who ever lived.

You remember the story: “When the Queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions…” (2 Chronicles 9:1 NLT). She goes on in verses 6-7 to say, “I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes.  In fact, I had not heard the half of your great wisdom.  It is far beyond what I was told. How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom!”

We too have the priceless privilege of being able to read the words of this great king.  A queen travelled all the way from Sheba (which was located southwest of the Arabian Peninsula), to see him, and all that we need to do is pick up a book—it would be a shame to let these words go unread.

Knowledge is good but wisdom is even better. Wisdom will guide us through the minefields of life and help us to make wise decisions in our parenting, work, speech, marriages, and many other important things.

Could I encourage you to read Proverbs chapter 2:1-15, in any translation.  If you do this I believe you will be encouraged to delve deeper into this treasure chest of wise sayings. In the New Living Translation Chapter 2 begins: “My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions.”

This is the great advice from Wisdom personified!

Our wise and understanding Father, thank you for preserving the words of Solomon throughout all these long millennia; words that were inspired by the special gift of wisdom that you gave to him.  Please give us hearts that are open to this precious instruction.

Study by Cliff Neill

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