How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver (Proverbs 16:13, NKJV). The value of wisdom above wealth is obvious to any and all mature people. The value of wisdom helps one make proper use of what is possessed. Unfortunately, there are an untold number of people who value material possessions to the point they are consumed in thinking about them. Whatever value there might be in material things, in comparison with godly wisdom it pales! How can it not pale? Wisdom is great, but godly wisdom is greater still! With godly wisdom one knows the direction of life and the destination after life is over. With godly wisdom one knows how to handle the nuances of life because the Lord has set the proper course for each of us. Yes, it is true, there are some circumstances in life where one may not know what to do, but none of those circumstances will pertain to how to live morally, because the saints know how to live. He lives for God. Wisdom and understanding is FAR better than material wealth.
1. Hear & Heed (Romans 10:17)
2. Seek & Anchor (Colossians 3:1)
3. Hide & Prevent (Proverbs 4:23)
4. Bless (Matthew 5:16)
5. Preach & Live (2 Timothy 2:15)
6. Rejoice & Value (Philippians 4:4)
7. Meditate & Direct (2 Corinthians 13:5)
8. Resolve (Colossians 3:5)
“So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.” (Luke 16:8 – NKJV)
Smart money is money that has been used wisely. And while it may shock some, Jesus was big on the idea of God’s people being smart with their money.
True enough that Jesus’ financial advice included making the right investments in Heaven as opposed to solely here on Earth (Matthew 6:19-21), but Jesus also emphasized the importance of being wise with the money that we use during our stay on Earth. He even did so to the extent that he told a story that ended up praising a steward’s wise use of his master’s finances. Not once did Jesus praise the steward’s moral character…but he did praise the steward’s smart use of money to get ahead with others. And I can’t help but get the impression that Jesus would love for us to combine good moral character with the good use of our money (and by that I mean the money God has given to us as stewards while we live upon this Earth).
Jesus taught that we need to control our money as much as we need to avoid allowing our money to control us. To do that with have to be sensible with our cents.
We need to avoid foolish spending trends like the “tiny home” hot real estate move that often costs anywhere from 25% to 200% more per square foot to own. We don’t need to buy something only because it’s on sale…it doesn’t matter how much we “save” if we spent something on something when we needed nothing to begin with. We do not need to get attached to name-brands that enjoy living off of reputation and not quality. These examples are only a few of the impulsive spending habits that can afflict us. And impulsive spending leads to predictable financial problems.
Jesus had a lot to say about money; and Jesus had a lot to say because finances can not only ruin our eternal life, it can ruin our temporary one too!
“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:11-12)
Oh, that was alliteration overload.
Did you know Twitter has been around thousands of years? King Solomon even warned about the trouble it could get you into:
“Do not curse the king, even in your thought; do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; for a bird of the air may carry your voice, and a bird in flight may tell the matter.” (Ecclesiastes 10:20)
Who says Solomon’s wisdom was only good for the times that he was living in? Definitely not anyone who’s found their selves regretting the amount of trouble that 140 characters or less can cause!
By American standards, I live in a very modest home: About 1,200 square feet; vinyl siding; metal roof; nothing too terribly fancy on the inside; but I am fortunate enough to have two bathrooms. Bathroom number one is off the “master” bedroom while bathroom number two is on the other side of the house. This layout has basically determined that one bathroom “belongs” to my wife, leaving the other bathroom for myself.
“What does my floor plan have to do with wisdom?” you may be wondering as you consider the title of this post. I can easily explain.
My daughter was only two-years-old at the time when she shared this bit of wisdom that I’m about to share with you…a bit of wisdom that seems to be quickly disappearing from the American culture today.
One morning I walked into the bathroom (the one off the bedroom) while my wife and daughter were in there only to be greeted with, “You’re in the girl’s bathroom, daddy. You’re supposed to use the boy’s bathroom.”
It’s amazing to me how a two-year-old girl was able to show more wisdom and common sense than a two-hundred-year-old nation!
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
The Wisdom of God speaks: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth” (Proverbs 8:13-16 NKJV). Without the Wisdom of God, therefore: (1) There is no moral standard for arrogant attitudes and filthy language; (2) There is no solid advice for good judgments and sound reasoning; (3) There is no Divine authority for government! Jesus told the Roman, Pilate, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11 NKJV). The rule of Law and Order for Civilization is the Wisdom of God!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.