In my NIV bible Chapter 4 of Proverbs is title “Wisdom is Supreme”. It then states this again in verse 7 and tells us because of this we need to get wisdom. I love how straight forward that is. Get it-Get what-WISDOM. How do we get wisdom? We can obtain wisdom from seeking the Lord through scripture studying and praying, seeking wiser counsel for advice and through experiences.
I have the great blessing of being a part of a community group we like to call, AXIS Midtown. We meet in my home every Thursday to fellowship, eat, pray and study the Word together. We just so happen to be studying the book of Proverbs. I have enjoyed learning and being challenged by them. So last night, I conducted a little focus group ( I majored in Marketing) to dig deeper into the 4th chapter of Proverbs with my small group. Here is some insight into our discussion on this proverbial book in the bible.
The first question we asked was–what is wisdom? The other OSP writers have done a great job of distinguishing between worldly wisdom and godly wisdom in their previous post. In chapter 9 you will see that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” and in Isaiah we read that “Our thoughts are not the Lord’s thought and our ways are not His ways.” So we concluded that wisdom could be described as realizing that we know nothing, but trusting that God knows everything and will guide us and reveal to us in the ways we should go. This type of wisdom also produces a deeper trust and faith in the Lord, when we truly come to a place of admittance that we can’t do anything on our own.
Because wisdom is supreme we are instructed to ‘get it’. Proverbs 4 gives us some insight on how to live a wise life. Solomon is instructing his children in this chapter, with wisdom that he learned from his father. Isn’t that a sweet picture of the huge role a mom and dad plays in the life of their children for generations to come. What legacy of wisdom are leaving for your children?
1. Do not set foot on the path of wicked (things that go against the Word of the Lord)- Vs. 14
2. Keep the truth within your heart. -Vs. 21
3. Speak words that glorify God. -Vs. 24
4. Walk in a direction that is firm-don’t even serve a little. -Vs. 26-27
Going back to Proverbs 1:2 it says the Proverbs were written so we may obtain wisdom and discipline. There was a great revelation within me when someone in my small group made the point that these two at times can work together. As believers we will either act on wisdom in the ways that Chapter 4 tells us to, or we will receive discipline because we did not act out of wisdom. But as you can probably testify either way when you come out on the other side—you are wiser. However, the path you chose to get to the other side, firm if you are wise-swerving to the right or left, if you are not wise, impacts you greatly. Let me try to explain.
There have been many times in my life I have been faced with a decision, a crossroads if you will. A pre-programmed, human thought has entered my mind and instead of taking that thought captive and living out of the Holy Spirit that resides within me, I allowed it to penetrate my heart and cloud my view (not a wise thing according to verse 21). Because of this, I traveled down another unwise path-a path that was not firm (another unwise move according to verse 14). Now, did I come out on the other end wiser? You better believe I did. The Lord works all things out for His good for those that love Him and the bible tells us in Proverbs 3 to “not despise the Lord’s discipline, because He disciplines those He loves”…so wisdom I did obtain, but I did so with the help of discipline because my actions leading up were unwise. I could have avoided some pain and confusion along the way if I would have allowed wisdom to reign supreme in my life, instead of acting very unwisely in my flesh.
When you are at a crossroads in your life–take the firm, wise path, away from evil. Keep the Word firmly planted on your heart so you can recognize those thoughts that go against the Truth of the Lord. Study scripture, pray, seek wiser council, talk to believers who have walked a similar path, ask your parents if they are strong believers and remember, wisdom is supreme people, go get it!