Morality Is Rooted In The Wisdom Of God
1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding-
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
Each of us is given the opportunity to seek God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. We are to seek out wisdom and accept the commands of God. Without the desire to be wise, we will act in foolish ways. Each of us should desire wisdom and discernment so that we can grow in Godliness.
Wisdom is to be desired like silver or gold. We are to place an even greater value on it than on any Earthly possessions. Men will go to great lengths to find and extract precious metals from the Earth, but will they take the same time and energy to seek wisdom from God in prayer and through His word?
It is important to realize that without God as the source of wisdom and morality, our understanding of wisdom AND morality will be greatly skewed. We will be subject to the whims of those who would try to convince us that their ideas of what is good and right is the truth. However, the holy word of God clearly says that Jesus is the embodiment of truth. We need to embrace the revealed truth of God as wisdom, and not the subtly or radically altered versions of morality that come from our fallen nature and the activity of the enemies of our souls. Only in God will we find true wisdom. Any source apart from God is suspect.
Knowledge and understanding come forth from the mouth of God:
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
We will find success and fulfillment as we pursue a life of Godly wisdom. It is in the instruction of the Lord that we find contentment concerning living our lives in ways that please and honor God. It greatly pleases God when men are living in accordance with His ways. Like finding a friend who shares your inner core beliefs in whom you can freely and openly be yourself, God desires to reveal through wisdom more of His character and ways so that we can draw close to Him.
Wisdom also provides us with protection. It keeps us from engaging in evil ways, and helps us to avoid the pitfalls of certain temptations that can cause ruination in our lives. King Solomon, son of King David, helps us to protect our lives from certain influences, such as promiscuity, financial indiscretion, and spiritual darkness. Wisdom provides a shield to those who embrace her. God guards the live of those who are just in their dealings and faithful to Him.
When we embrace Godly wisdom, we be able to rightly know the difference between good and evil. Discernment and discretion will be hallmarks in our lives. We will be better able to answer others, and to refrain from doing and saying what is not Godly. While this seems simple and evident, look at the state of the world. When God’s people begin to accept worldly wisdom, their Godly discernment begins to fade, and they seem less able to make good judgments when presented with subtly skewed situations that may look OK, but lead to ruination. Discernment and discretion protect the Godly from the wiles of the enemy. The word of the living God shows the basis of wisdom, and His Holy Spirit reveals the unknown to those whom have given their lives to God and seek His guidance in their lives.
Umbrella of Understanding
Discretion protects us from wrongdoing if we are willing to accept the consequences of doing what is right. There are times when we are forced into corners by the actions of evil people. What seemed innocent becomes evil and ruination may result. Understanding provides us with the ability to see where something will lead. It is said that good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. With discretion and knowledge, a lot of bad judgment can be avoided. God has provided His word to give us instruction so that we can learn from those who have come before us.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Do I embrace wisdom as I should?
A short prayer of preparation
Father in Heaven, You are generous with Your wisdom to all who ask in faith. Grant me the wisdom, discernment, and discretion needed to protect me and my family from the pitfalls of error that accompany bad judgment. Help me to rely more upon You and less upon myself as I am faced with situations that could have immense consequences in my life. Grant me the wisdom and knowledge to avoid that which will cause harm, and help me to be vigilant when the Holy Spirit guides me to be tested, that I may be victorious. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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