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How to be Wise

The Book of Proverbs is addressed to youth.  It teaches that there are basically four categories of people:  the simple, the wise, the scorners and the fools.

THE SIMPLE

All little children are simple and naïve. They are totally trusting and can easily be deceived,  misled and harmed.  It is not  bad for a child to be simple.  It is perfectly normal.   But it would be harmful and sad for a child to stay simple all of his life.  Part of growing up is the ability and the desire to move out of the simple stage of life and become wise.

As children, we have much to learn.  Not just about math and grammar and history, but also about how to live successfully.  We make lots of mistakes. We have lots of accidents.  We do childish things because we are children. We all have painful lessons to learn.  When toddlers are learning to walk, they fall down often.  It’s all part of the learning process.

The simple tend to be gullible and believe anything anyone tells them, even if it is not the truth.  Proverbs14:15says, “The simple believe every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.  They can easily be led into evil or good.  It depends who is teaching and leading them.  That’s why I am a strong proponent of home schooling or a good Christian school that supports  Biblical values. 

I’m so thankful that I had the privilege of receiving my education in Christian schools from fourth grade through high school and college.  These were not simply schools that had the name Christian attached to them.  They were Christian schools that were true to the Bible and taught and exemplified genuine Biblical Christianity. 

I’m thankful for the privilege I had of receiving my college education at Bob Jones University.  Dr. Bob Jones, the founder, was in his 70’s when I was there. He  used to speak to us in chapel about how to live.  I remember him saying to us, “I have never yet found a man who knew how to live who had any trouble making a living. If you learn how to live you can make a living.”  I have found that to be true in my own life.

Part of growing up and leaving the simple stage of life is learning from seeing others punished for wrong doing. Proverbs 21:11 teaches, “When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise.”

The oldest of our three children received more spankings than the next two: not because he disobeyed more than the others, but because he did not have the opportunity of seeing an older sibling punished for doing wrong. He was that older brother.   The younger two learned from his mistakes.  It’s smart to learn from being punished; but it’s smarter to learn from seeing others punished. Actually, none of our three children were rebellious. They all learned quickly from their mistakes and it was a joy for my wife and me to raise them.   You can learn more about  our experience raising them by going to category FAMILY on this web site.

The simple, even adults, can easily be deceived by false teachers. Romans 16:17-18 warns about this. That’s why we need our Christian parents, and faithful  teachers and pastors to warn us and guide us into God’s Word that is able to make  us wise. Read the sober warning  II Timothy 3:13-17 gives to all of us as Christians as we seek a church home.

Thank God, He preserves the simple from making a mess out of life.  Psalm  116:5-6

THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY

As we grow there comes a time when we are confronted with the truths of the Bible and begin to understand the consequences of our decisions and actions.  This is known as the age of accountability.  It’s a different age for every child. It’s at this age that we must make a decision about the Bible and Jesus.

Am I a sinner bound for hell, as the Bible says I am?

Is Jesus the Son of God?

Did He die on a cross to pay for my sins?

Did He rise again bodily from the tomb to give me eternal life?

Will I receive or reject Him?

I made the decision to trust Christ as soon as I understood  the Gospel.  I was 9 years old at that time.  The Lord Jesus not only became my Saviour; He also became my Lord and  the joy and purpose of my life.

THE WISE

When we receive Christ as our Saviour and Lord, we are not only given eternal life; but we are also given much more.   

I Corinthians 1:30  tells us Christ Jesus is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, sanctification  and redemption.

We learn from Colossians 2:9-10 that  “in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and we who put our trust in Christ are complete in Him.

Wisdom is found in His Word, Proverbs 1:1-9 tell us. The earlier you receive it and the more time you spend in it, the wiser you will be.

Unsaved people can gain knowledge.  Wisdom is ability to use knowledge, Many smart people lack wisdom.  The Corinthians were smart; but not wise.

I Corinthians 1 tells us.

MY DEFINITION OF WISDOM

 Wisdom is the God-given ability of one who has received Christ as Saviour and Lord to use  knowledge and IQ (regardless of what that may be) to process facts and  situations and assess people with discernment and good judgment so as to make the right choices,  have favour in the eyes of God  and reasonable people and  to be successful  and bless others to the glory of God.

One thing for certain.  Wisdom comes from God alone; whereas knowledge can be acquired through reading and study.

Luke 2:52  gives us amazing information about Jesus’ boyhood,  Even though Jesus is the second person of the Trinity and the Creator of the Universe,  He was a  fully human child, without sin , Jesus grew in wisdom as a young boy.  What a mystery this is.  God, Creator of Heaven and earth, growing in wisdom as a little boy!  Being taught by his mother, Mary and his step-father, Joseph, how to walk and talk. Joseph, no doubt, taught Him  how to work with tools.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone in authority, from the President on down, including all of Congress who make our laws and all the judges in our courts and State governors, City mayors and council members had God’s wisdom?  What a difference that would make in our nation!  That ought to be the primary requisite we seek in an office holder.

REJECT CHRIST AND WE BECOME SCORNERS

You can recognize a scorner by the  sneer on his face and by his rudeness and impudence towards his parents, teachers and others  and by his know-it-all attitude. A scorner does not realize that he is headed for a lifetime of trouble, and probably prison and ultimately destruction.

The devil deceives him into thinking he is free and having a good time. It is a waste of time to rebuke and try to correct  scorners.  Better to just leave them  or dismiss them from class or from school.  Read what God’s Word says about this in Proverbs 9:7-8,  15:12,  22:10, Severe punishment from God awaits them. They are becoming FOOLS

WHAT ARE THE DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF A FOOL?

“No God for me!”  they boast.  Psalm 14:1

That is his claim as an atheist;  but he is deceiving  himself. Why are atheists so angry in trying to convince themselves and others that there is no God?  Because they know in their heart there is a God and someday they will stand before Him to be judged. No one get angry and worked up trying to prove there is no Santa Claus nor Easter Bunny nor Tooth Fairy.

The fool despises the wisdom of God.  Proverbs 1:7

He makes a mock of sin.  Proverbs 14:9

He despises his parent’s instruction. Proverbs 15:5

He is a burden and heaviness to his mother. Proverbs 10:1

He is always right in his own eyes. Proverbs  12:15

His mouth is his destruction. Proverbs 18:7

He can’t keep his mouth shut. If he could; probably others would not know he is a fool.  Proverbs 17:28

He returns to his folly like dog to its vomit. Proverbs 26:11

He is beyond help. Proverbs 26:4

We must not call anyone a fool, even if they are.  Only God has the authority and wisdom to do that. Luke 12:15-27

IF YOU ARE A FOOL WHAT CHOICES DO YOU HAVE?      Only two.

1. Continue in your sins, ignore God and the Bible.  Eventually you destroy your future, die and go to hell.

2. Come to the end of yourself, and turn to God for mercy and salvation.

God will save you and as you read His Word, determined to obey it;   you will grow in wisdom and grace.  Listen to God plead with you to turn from being a fool.  Proverbs 1:20-33  2:1-6  

Ultimately it’s your choice!  Deuteronomy 30:19-20   You bear the eternal consequences of your choice.

For further studies on the theme of WISDOM, go to category PROVERBS.

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September 1, 2011 - Posted by | Wisdom

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