wisdom and the way of the cross

 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! (Psalm 111:10)

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

 

From the earliest record of organized human societies like the Babylonians and the Egyptians, wise men have been in demands even till today. People need solutions.

In our modern society, parents pay top dollars to get their kids to prestigious schools. But the best form of wisdom available for men cannot be simply bought by monies.

The Spirit of God enlightens our souls, reveals truth and guides us into wise living.

In the Old Testament we have the example of Daniel who administered state affairs as according to the wisdom of God. The Spirit of the Lord was with him.

Now in our times, we are encouraged by Jesus to live according to the ways of God –

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

 

By comparing the three scripture references together – Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10, Matthew 7:24-27 – it shows how we may attain to the wisdom of God.

It is in our attitude – our attitude towards God.

How and what do we feel about God and what do we do about our attitude towards God?

The fear of the LORD’ may not be one of condemn feeling, but rather an attitude of respect and honor. As the people respected and honored God they listen and obeyed. They took heed to the ways of God as they walk in the fear of the Lord.

Like the way Noah respected and honored God and built the ark as he believed and trusted God. Like the way Abraham walked with God as he respected and honored God.

When Solomon held fast to his respect and honor to God, the kingdom of Israel was intact, when the kings of Israel lost their respect and honor towards God and ditch the ways of God they lost their place in the land. They can cry and complain all they want but the only way back is to return to the ways of the Lord.

When John the Baptist and Jesus appeared, once again the people were commanded to return to the ways of God. The people were taught to fear God.

For the masses who heard the preaching of Jesus – it’s was a question if they could trust and believe what Jesus taught. Will the people respect and honor the teaching of Jesus as they would show their respect and honor towards God?

We have the Bible and long list of infallible proof about the authority of Jesus, but not everybody can believe and accept. People may have their own assumptions of ‘wisdom’, but the very basis of being wise in the Lord is to make a will and choice to live under the protection and provision of God.

Man has every intention to be independent from God from the days Adam and Eve were ousted from Eden. Our drive for independence from God had driven us away from the path of wisdom. Mankind as a social organism had tried every ways and means to survive without God.

End of day we know very well, deep within our own hearts, we cannot live without God. To live without God is to live apart from the live and blessing God intended for us. Man’s willful choice of independence is an alternative path to desolation and darkness.

When will Man ever stop that inner quest for independence from God?

When we start to listen to God we stop our rebellious nature, when we start to walk in the ways of God we embark on the journey of wisdom. This is the way of the Lord for us.

Jesus’ warning against the foolish man who built his house on sand’ claimed His authority in God and in judgment. It was a crystal clear declaration about His position as Lord and eternal judge. Can we accept it?

Wisdom is no miracle pill that we can wake up in the morning, pop one in take a cup of water and be wise for the day. Wisdom is in receiving the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Wisdom is found in our daily walk with God. It is found or missing in our daily practices. It’s a lifelong relationship but the rewards of such timely investment are guaranteed in the faithfulness of our Father.

Jesus is giving out the invitation for us to embark on this lifelong learning process that we may walk in the wisdom of the Father.

Every architect knows the details and tenacity to build a good solid house and all the more we need to pay attention in building our life with God. Everybody goes through lives up and down. We can choose to carry on our life journey as according to the will and wisdom of God or go our own way.

Attitude need to be accompanied with patience.

Every successful business needs a good partner, so we need attitude with patience to walk in the wisdom of God.

Have we ever considered those silence years of Jesus? The period of time after Jesus conversations with the teachers of the law at age twelve at the temple till He went to John the Baptist to be baptized? Till today many scholars, pastors and preacher are still searching for an answer. The answer was in His practice – the Bible clearly stated that Jesus ‘increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.’ (Luke 2:52).

Look no further; this is the answer to the mystery of those silent years. This is the example and practice God have set for us.

Moses wasn’t born a wise man. Somewhere between his 80th birthday and his passing at age 120, Moses saw the glory of God as no others had, and it had to be at his most difficult time in life leading a nation of people who consistently grumbled against him and God. As Moses walked with God he walked the path of wisdom and glory with God.

Daniel had expressed his wisdom in God in a foreign land, to a nation and people of foreign gods and languages. Joseph kept his peace and wisdom in the Lord while being jailed for an falsified crime. Wisdom and patience goes together.

What is there for us? We need to let the light of God’s wisdom shine even more brightly as the world goes dimmer and dimmer.

The Lord is faithful. His wisdom and guidance never fails.

FOLLOW CHRIST TODAY.

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