Rule over: Proverbs 17.2 VOTD

“A servant who acts wisely will rule
over an heir who behaves shamefully,
and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.”

Proverbs 17.2

Wisdom often advances a person beyond one’s station. Others recognize the blessing that the presence and work of a wise person brings.

How has the use of wisdom in your life advanced your objectives?

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Human efforts: Ecclesiastes 8.16-17 VOTD

“When I tried to gain wisdom
and to observe the activity on earth—
even though it prevents anyone from sleeping day or night—
then I discerned all that God has done:
No one really comprehends what happens on earth.
Despite all human efforts to discover it, no one can ever grasp it. Even if a wise person claimed that he understood,
he would not really comprehend it.”

Ecclesiastes 8.16-17

From a purely human perspective, things don’t make sense. As good as wisdom may be, man himself can’t figure it out.

What we need is God’s revelation to understand, Deut 29.29. Therein is true wisdom.

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Wisdom from above: James 3.17 VOTD

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical.”

James 3.17

Following his emphasis on action, James describes wisdom by what it does, as he defines his terms.

Why is heavenly wisdom first pure? How is it accommodating?

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Wisdom will escape: Proverbs 28.26 VOTD

“The one who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks in wisdom will escape.”

Proverbs 28.26

Trust in one’s self leads to stealing from parents, v. 24, greed, v. 25, ignoring the needs of others, v. 27, and abuse of power, v. 28.

The heart deceives, leading one to believe that success is a result of one’s own effort. Wisdom saves from such foolishness and its inevitable consequences.

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The importance of that wisdom from above

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17 NKJV)

The source of pure wisdom is above us. It’s not beyond us, but it doesn’t originate with us. It’s given to those who ask for it with the right intention (James 1:5-8).

The source of wisdom reminds us about the importance of meekness and humility. If it doesn’t originate with us, the right to claim ownership disappears. In other words – a spoon-full of wisdom’s source keeps a pound of arrogance away!

Knowledge alone has the ability to puff-up one’s ego (1 Corinthians 8:1), and such a mindset leads to the very things James’ warned about: a heart filled with bitter envy, self-seeking interests, confusion, and many evil works (James 3:14-16). After considering these warnings and the solution, it’s no wonder why James talks the way he does in “James 4:1-6“.

Wisdom from above is first pure (even in relation to the remaining characteristics of verse 17) … because if it doesn’t start pure, it didn’t come from God.

The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:6 NKJV)

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;” (Psalm 19:8 NKJV)

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Nothing new: Ecclesiastes 1.9 VOTD

“What exists now is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing truly new on earth.”

Ecclesiastes 1.9

In his wisdom and with all his experiences, King Solomon reached some wrong conclusions before he got to the final answer at the end of the book.

In what sense might this statement still be true, even after so many developments in human history?

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10 life imperatives

  1. Stay grounded in the goodness and power of God, and grateful for his blessing. You know: “God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our food.”
  2. Don’t say, do, or buy anything stupid. Three things to stay zipped up: your mouth, your pants, and your purse.
  3. Don’t be extreme about anything, except putting God first in your life and following the Lord Jesus to the letter.
  4. Do first things first. Prayer and the Bible before facing the world. Work before play. Sowing liberally before expecting a harvest.
  5. Bide your time. Oaks require years to mature. Weeds pop up overnight.
  6. There’s something to learn every day and from every person you meet.
  7. Share the best you have, which is the fullness of God in Jesus Christ.
  8. Never underestimate the power of the gospel and the power of your word on behalf of Christ. Speak up!
  9. Be motivated by love, and let that motivation be always in evidence.
  10. Pay the price of preparation, share the pain of suffering for the gospel, revel in the grace of salvation.

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