Getting Wisdom is Wise…But
OK. So, sometimes things are funny to me, that probably really aren’t funny at all. However, I honestly laughed this morning, while reading Proverbs 4. In verse 7, it says, “Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!” Isn’t that like saying, “peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the most peanut buttery and jelliest things you can eat”? Is that something that really needs to be said? Apparently it is.
What IS surprising is the next sentence. That verse goes on to say, “…and whatever else you do, develop good judgment. Wow! Is it really possible to have wisdom, but lack good judgement? Let’s ask Solomon. The Bible says that he was the wisest man. 1 Kings 11:1-13, however, is a pretty astonishing list of some of Solomon’s dirty laundry. It all began with poor judgement, uncontrolled and disobedient sexual desire, leading to the worship of false gods.
So what separates the two? You would think wisdom and good judgement go hand-in-hand.
Shouldn’t this compel us to serious introspection, if we truly desire to live this life for the glory of our God? Certainly, the first step is to acquire knowledge and wisdom from reading and studying His Word. While that creates enough of a hurdle for many, I think the real breakdown is in applying His Word to our lives. Perhaps this provides motivation for a meaningful resolution for the New Year, not only to commit to reading God’s word, but also apply it to our lives.
How might this world be changed if we lived our lives, practicing good judgement with regard to God’s Word. What changes might that mean for us? I’d love to hear your thoughts.