Thursday, March 15, 2012

THE Source of True Wisdom

There are a LOT of people who think they're wise in this world.

The key words there are 'think they're wise'.

There are a lot of statements and philosophies which pass as 'wise' in this world.

Just look at Facebook. Anybody that can click their fingers on a keyboard can type in any sentiment...and anyone with just a little more knowledge can combine it with a picture or video, and 'presto'! You've got a Facebook post that looks well polished, and may come off as 'wise' according to the standard of this world...but ultimately is utter foolishness. Add a couple "Likes", and it can pass as 'profound truth'!

That does NOT mean it's real "wisdom".

Who am I to say that, you ask?


My 'wisdom' is no better than someone else's. I'm just a guy.

However, the Source that I have for Real Wisdom is not just another 'philosophy'. The Source for Wisdom that I have is the Word of God.

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Where does real 'wisdom' come from? From the Lord!

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)

That willingness to humble ourselves before the Lord--to pay Him reverence and ultimate respect--is where it first begins. (After all, if I can't admit my need enough to humble myself before HIM, I don't have much hope for ever gaining real 'wisdom'.)

In contrast, the 'wise guys' of this world follow their own philosophies, which lead to their own (ultimately destructive) ways...and unfortunately, can bring others down with them.

"So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength." (1 Corinthians 1:20-25)

Essentially, you and I have a choice that we make every day--usually without even thinking about it: Will we submit to the Word of God (and therefore, receive God's wisdom), or will we submit to the 'wisdom' of this world and the philosophies of our day, and thereby cut ourselves off from God's wisdom?

"When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.

But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means." (1 Corinthians 2:13-14)

What is YOUR source of Wisdom? Are you listening to the right source, or the wrong one? Are you speaking it out, and directing people to the Lord, or are you (unwittingly) directing them to the man-centered philosophies of this world?

You and I not only have a choice of where WE turn, but we also have influence on where OTHER people turn...

Choose Wisely!



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