Faith
Wednesday July 6, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Wisdom Comes from Understanding"

Wisdom comes from understanding, an attribute that Proverbs 3:13 KJV says makes you happy:

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

With “Wisdom” eluding many, it is a good idea to find out what you must do to obtain it. Proverbs 4:7 KJV shows it to be “the principal thing”, something that “getteth understanding” gets you:

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

The understanding part of understanding Wisdom raises questions, questions like: What is it that I need to understand and where do I find it? Proverbs 3:5 KJV shows that it does not originate with you:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Recognizing that you are limited when it comes to understanding scripture, you turn to the Lord whom you trust with all your heart; He brings understanding to you.

Accepting this truth, Proverbs 1:5 KJV refers to you as a wise man, one who hears, recognizes, and attains wise counsel:

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

There are two reasons for you to believe that God delivers Understanding to you:

He wants you wise; He has a burning desire to share His views on good and evil and right and wrong with you.

God is your only source for obtaining Wisdom.

Your journey to understanding the how’s whys and what’s of Wisdom now take you to Webster’s where Wisdom is defined:

1 a: usually capitalized: the effectual mediating principle or personification of God's will in the creation of the world: LOGOS

1 b: the intelligent application of learning: ability to discern inner qualities and essential relationships: INSIGHT, SAGACITY *a long book

Webster’s, like scripture, refers to Wisdom as “principal”, an inclusion of God’s will and I know that you agree with Webster’s choice of including “application of learning” when defining Wisdom.

Webster’s also relates the “ability to discern inner qualities and essential relationships” to Wisdom and if you ask me, this is saying that Wisdom comes from understanding what you have learned and not how much you have learned.

God, speaking to you through scripture, wants to be heard and He wants to be

 

 

 


 

understood; Jeremiah 5:21 KJV explains why many do not understand:

Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

It is you believing that God delivers understanding that separates you from the foolish. Believing that God gives understanding brings eyes that see and ears that hear, tools that understanding scripture requires; Luke 24:45 KJV shows it happening:

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

But there are those who refuse to accept this truth; Proverbs 21:16 KJV shows what happens to them:

The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Those finding themselves remaining in the “congregation of the dead” only have themselves to blame as not seeking Wisdom, they exclude God.

Proverbs 17:24 KJV closes by comparing “Wisdom” to the “eyes of a fool”:

Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Do you share the “eyes of a fool” or are you pursuing understanding?

Do you believe that God is your source of understanding and that trusting Him delivers Wisdom through scripture?

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com