Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wisdom through God's Word

I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
and if you run, you will not stumble.
Proverbs 4:11-12

God promises direction and protection with His wisdom. He will lead those who seek His wisdom. And the source of His wisdom is the truth of His Word. There are narrative storeis within the Old Testament for a reason. We can learn from the lives that interact with God in Holy Scripture. There are tales of how humanity came to know God. And those accounts make us wise. Scripture shows how the wisdom and knowledge of God has invaded human history.

God also gives instruction that can guide a life. The book of Proverbs is meant to be such a means to wisdom. It has within it these refined nuggets of life truth that bring a wisdom that if heeded protect and guide the person who pays attention to them. They warn, instruct, and encourage us to listen to God's wisdom and heed His instruction.

The prophets warn us of the dangers of turning from God's wisdom. They point out where false wisdom from false gods is ruining us. They call us to repent and turn our ears again to hear from God and our feet again to walk in His ways.

The gospels show us wisdom incarnate in Jesus. He is the Word of God made flesh. And Jesus is our master. He calls us to be His disciples and to follow Him in His wisdom so that in Him we may have life eternal and abundant.

And the epistles instruct Christians collectively as The Church, the Body of Christ, to bring the gospel and the wisdom of God in salvation to the world. We are called together to direct our steps in following Jesus and proclaiming His greatness. The epistles like the prophets warn us, call us to examination, and encourage us to walk in wisdom so that we do not stumble or fall.

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