We face decisions every day. How can we determine the best choices to make? Not every decision is a choice of good versus evil. In moral situations (should I steal or cheat?), we don’t really need wisdom because there is clarity from God’s law and Word regarding what we should do in those circumstances. However, many of our daily decisions are not about choices we have to make between a moral or an immoral choice. Most of our choices present themselves with many ‘good’ options. Should I take job offer A or job offer B? Should I do course A or course B in school? For these, we need wisdom.
God’s world is created by His wisdom and this wisdom generates patterns and purposes in our world. Biblical wisdom recognises this divine order or patterns ordained by God. We awaken in the morning to the sun’s diurnal pattern; our bodies function and malfunction in patterns suggested by our DNA. There are patterns that govern relationships, raising children, finances, work-life and spiritual life. And if we have learned to see these patterns designed by God and submit to them, we are walking on the path of wisdom.
The book of Proverbs teaches us how to stay on the path of wisdom. It is the path that will lead to a deep, meaningful and fulfilling life. Wisdom will help you succeed.
How would you describe your attitude towards wisdom? Would you say that you don’t think about it at all, or would you say that you seek to become a wise person? Why do you think you have this particular attitude towards wisdom?
WHAT WOULD YOU DO
The message of Proverbs 4 is simple; will you pursue the way of wisdom or the way of wickedness? The decision, while simple, is not an easy one. How do we pursue wisdom? It’s not a matter of just trying harder, but a matter of heart and conviction. It’s a matter of being faithful and making wise choices daily. Fall in love with wisdom and you will follow the path of wisdom. As Solomon says, we must “look for it (wisdom) as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure” – Proverbs 2:4.
Ask yourself daily, what is the wise thing to do? Wisdom will come when we walk on the path of wisdom.
How can you pursue wisdom?
“Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths”. ~ Proverbs 4:10-11 (NIV)