Week 22 May 26 -
There are many treasures that can be both given and received through a family’s earthly inheritance, but none is more important than godly wisdom.
That is why King Solomon paints us a portrait in Proverbs 2:1-
In this passage, we see the precious exchange of Spirit-
First, we learn from the wise old man that godly wisdom requires a teachable spirit. In verses 1-
Second, Godly wisdom requires a discerning heart. In the second part of verse two, the father instructs the son to make sure he is, “inclining your heart to understanding.” This means that we all must make sure we listen closely to the voice of God through Scripture, so our hearts can discern when another voice deceptively wants to take His place.
Godly wisdom requires a disciplined mind. In verses 3-
Also, godly wisdom requires a proper fear. In verse 5, the father reassures the son that if he does receive Godly wisdom “…then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” This fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom, because to fear God is to understand how holy and majestic He is, and when we understand God and believe in His Word we will have true knowledge that explains the reality that we live in.
Finally, we learn from the wise father that godly wisdom requires an upright character. Verses 6-
So, as we pursue these five requirements for godly wisdom, we must remember one important thing: We are not primarily following principles, but we are following a person: Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the wisdom of God in human flesh, and He met all of the five requirements that were listed above in Proverbs 2. He gave us the perfect example of a teachable spirit, a discerning heart, a disciplined mind, a proper fear of God, and an upright character through every stage of His life. Therefore, the way to Godly wisdom is found by following in the footsteps of Christ. If we are willing to repent of our sin and continually renew our faith in Him, He will help us meet those five requirements as He continues to recreate us into His holy image for all of eternity.
The Way to Godly Wisdom
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