A study of Proverbs 2
Knowledge is information acquired from observation of the universe, from the immediate world around us and from media tools used to store and deliver information or data, such as computers, books, radio, TV.
Knowledge is also acquired from our parents, teachers, preachers and others, as well as from life experiences.
Knowledge reaches as far as the brain where, if it seems applicable and valuable to us, it is stored for future use; or if it seems irrelevant and worthless to us, it is ignored and forgotten.
SOUND WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING
Sound wisdom and understanding is the ability to process and use knowledge so as to live for the glory of God, which is the highest purpose of life.
THE SOURCE OF WISDOM
True knowledge, wisdom and understanding ultimately come only from God, according to Proverbs 2:6.
Christ, our Lord and Saviour, is our wisdom. as well as our righteousness, sanctification and redemption, according to I Corinthians 1:30-31.
THE PURPOSE OF WISDOM
Wisdom is not just for our heads. It is for our hearts. It affects our walk. It affects what we love and value, as well as what we hate and reject. It affects how we live. It affects our priorities and how we use our time. It affects how and why we pray. Turn to Ephesians 1. It is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Christians that they might have wisdom and prudence. Interestingly the entire chapter of 23 verses is all one long sentence. Paul is well known for his long, involved sentences.
Since wisdom s what we value and how we live life and ultimately our success under God, it is of supreme value. The ultimate purpose of wisdom is to guide and direct us as to how to live for the glory of God.
GOD HAS ORCHESTRATED MY LIFE.
From my birth, God planned every detail, even to where I went to college. From age 11-16 I was sent to Westervelt Home and School for missionary children outside of Batesburg, S.C. from 1944-1949 where I lived and studied with about 100 other missionary kids from all over the world where I learned about life and the value of character
From 1949-1950 I spent my sophomore year of high school in a high school associated with Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.
From 1950-1952 I spent my Junior and Senior year of high school in CulterAcademy, a private Christian school in Los Angeles at that time. There I continued to build my life on the lessons I had learned at Westervelt and PBI.
Finally, from 1952-1956 I attended and completed four years of college at BobJonesUniversity in Greenville, S.C.
The interesting thing about all these choices is that none of them were my decisions. I simply followed my Mother’s instruction. She had been widowed when I was four and remarried another missionary when I was 16. I followed her instruction which she received from her older preacher brother in Toronto, Canada.
As a result of simply following Mother’s instruction, I received the best, most well rounded education possible, taught by the best of teachers.
At the age of 22 I married a godly young lady whom God had brought into my life and at that time ceased following my mother’s instructions and started making my own decisions for my wife and me, considering my wife and children’s good, as well as my own.
Read and consider carefully the words of the BobJonesUniversity hymn, written by Dr. Bob Jones Jr, son of the founder of BobJonesUniversity. It is profound and says so much about wisdom.
Wisdom of God, we would by Thee be taught!
Control our minds, direct our every thought.
Knowledge alone life’s problems cannot meet;
We learn to live while sitting at Thy feet.
Light of the world, illumine us we pray.
Our souls are dark, without Thy kindling ray.
Torches unlighted, of all radiance bare,
Touch them to flame and burn in glory there.
Incarnate Truth, help us Thy truth to learn,
Prone to embrace the falsehood we would spurn,
Groping in error’s maze for verity,
Thou art the Truth we need to make us free.
Giver of life, we would not live to please,
Self or the world, nor seek the paths of ease.
Dying Thou bringest life to sons of men,
So may we dying live Thy life again.
Captain of Might, we yield to Thy command.
Armored by faith, Thy Word, our sword in hand:
Fierce though the battle. Thine the victory.
Bravely we’ll strive and more than conq’rors be.
Eternal Lord, let heavens pass away.
Earth be removed, no fear our hearts shall sway.
Empires may crumble, dust return to dust,
Secure are they, who in their Saviour trust.
Unfailing love, we are so cold in heart.
To us Thy passion for the lost impart;
Give us Thy vision of the need of men,
All learning will be used in service then.
Great King of kings, this campus all is Thine.
Make by Thy presence of this place a shrine.
Thee may we meet within the classroom walls,
Go forth to serve Thee from these hallowed halls.
Copyright by BobJonesUniversity.
THINK ABOUT CHRIST
He gives purpose to life.
“For to me to live is Christ. To die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
He gives protection.
“He is our shield and buckler.” Proverbs 2:7-8, Psalm 91:3-7
Psalm 37:23-24, 30,31
He gives understanding. Proverbs 2:9
He removes confusion from our lives and keeps us on course. James 1:6-8
We can know what is right so we can do right. I Chronicles 12:32
Psalm 23:2, 25:4-5, 27:11
He gives discretion. Proverbs 2:10-11
That is, He gives us moral understanding of right and wrong, This protects us from moral indiscretions and foolish decisions that start us down the road of sin and failure.
Discretion follows spiritual wisdom and gives us good judgment and prudence. Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, used discretion when faced with the temptation of Potiphar’s wife. Though he ended up in prison temporarily, he eventually became Prime Minister of Egypt under Pharaoh. All things worked together for good and Israel and Egypt were saved from starvation
He gives deliverance
From evil men Proverbs 2:12-15
Leading us to separate from those who speak contrary to God’s Word.
Who leave paths of light to walk in darkness.
From evil women. Proverbs 2:16-19
She is recognized by her flattery.
She has forsaken the God of her youth
Sexual sin leads to death.
Note the finality of sexual sin. Proverbs 2:19 states that NONE who get involved in such sin ever return. I wouldn’t say that, but God does.
All I can say about this is that all sexual sins leave a permanent blot on lives that can never be erased or forgotten.
WISDOM TEACHES US TO FOLLOW GOOD EXAMPLES.
That’s why we must guard our associations and all we receive into our minds and hearts through books, music, television, movies, and from our computers. Examples matter. As parents we had better be good examples and also be aware of our children’s friends and influences.
YOUR ONLY TWO OPTIONS
Make wise, Christ-honoring decisions throughout your life starting now.
Live life to the fullest for others to the glory of God. Let your motto be, “For to me to live is Christ; to die is gain” Philippians 1:21
Waste your life living only for yourself and die.
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