A wise man once said, “It is better to remain silent and thought a fool; than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” We could categorize these as words of wisdom. Oh- if I had only heeded more of this advice in my lifetime. Believe me crow and humble pie tastes the same. This is the cure for the dreaded foot in mouth disease. But long before Mr. Lincoln was born, the Bible had a hand on this. God tells us in Proverbs chapter four about wisdom. Who better to learn of wisdom, than God? After all, He is the omniscient One!
The lack of wisdom has cost us plenty throughout our individual lives. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). I do not see fortune or fame listed in the above verse. It declares wisdom is the principal thing! If we folk would do it God’s way, we truly would be better off. How many times do we wish we would have followed our parent’s wisdom? Or better yet, read the instructions before assembly!
Well throughout the Bible we are told to get this Godly wisdom. James states, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (3:17). This is the wisdom we are to seek through our Bible readings and weekly sermons. There is too much unsound advice in the world today. Behind every rock is some self-help guru trying to tell us how to live. There must be some truth to it- the world is such a friendlier place these days (excuse the jocularity). It seems wisdom is the kryptonite of fools!
Solomon had the correct handle on life (in the beginning). “And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom…” (2 Chronicles 1:11). Case in point- get wisdom first and the rest will follow naturally. We may not all wind up as rich and famous as Solomon, but we will be as God intends us to be. “Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many” (Proverbs 4:8-10).