“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?’ ” (Proverbs 1:20-22).
In contrast to some religions, God does not make salvation a puzzle that only the clever can figure out. He does not hide or disguise it:
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:19).
Where can we find this wisdom?
1. We find wisdom in God's Word.
In one sense, this wisdom is secret:
“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7).
But once Jesus came and completed His work, the gospel goes out to the far reaches of the earth calling people everywhere to surrender to Him. It’s no longer hidden, but easily accessible. In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). The way to grow very wise is to read God’s Word and obey Christ.
2. We find wisdom by observation.
Throughout the Book of Proverbs, the writer cites examples from everyday life to teach lessons about wisdom. Generous people will never lack (Proverbs 11:24-25), those who rush after wealth will live to see it disappear (Proverbs 13:11), whoever walks with wise people will grow wise (Proverbs 13:20), and so forth.
We should open our eyes more to see the outcomes of godly versus ungodly living. We do not have to learn from only our mistakes. In a weird way, we should be thankful to others for their poor examples! It teach us about life and mistakes to avoid.
3. Choose wise role models.
If you were blessed with godly parents, do not forget their good example. Their life will make it easier for you to follow in step. But if you did not have Christian parents, you can always point to others who set a positive example. Make sure you pick the most positive role models possible.
Of course, our great role model for all time is Jesus Christ. We need to pray Christ would be formed in us (Galatians 4:19) and that we would walk as He did (1 John 2:6).
Posted on Tue, May 24, 2016
by Sam Petitfils