Walking in Wisdom Makes Sense
"He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe" (Prov. 28:26).
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight" (1 Cor. 3:19).
The parable of the wise man building his house on the rock and the foolish man on the sand suggests that the root problem of earthly wisdom versus heavenly, or spiritual, wisdom pertains to the foundation. While foolishness may guise itself as wisdom, the contrast between earthly and spiritual wisdom is evident.
The basis upon which you build your life will determine the course of your life. The basis of . . .
earthly wisdom: deception (Prov. 14:8; 1 Cor. 3:18-19)
spiritual wisdom: discernment (Ps. 90:12; Prov. 8:12; 10:13; 14:6, 8; 1 Cor. 2:14-15)
The source of input will determine its trustworthiness and reliability. The source of . . .
earthly wisdom: Deceiver (the devil) (James 3:13-15)
spiritual wisdom: Divinity (the Spirit) (Ps. 111:10; Prov. 1:7; 1 Cor. 2:10-16)
The outcome of these choices will not always be evidenced immediately but in time will show itself. The outcome of . . .
earthly wisdom: destruction (Prov. 10:14; 14:11-12)
spiritual wisdom: deliverance (Prov. 2:12; 4:6; 28:26)
When Christians in the church trust in themselves or in the world's system of thought, you have a Christian version of earthly wisdom ... duty - regulations that "have an appearance of wisdom" (Col. 2:23).
This results in a lack of power and prudence to protect us from sin. (Col. 2:23)
When Christians look to the Lord for wisdom and walk in His ways, you have . . . delight - "wisdom is sweet to your soul; .. there is a future hope for you" (Prov. 10:23; 24:14).
This results in an ability to show restraint. (Prov. 23:4)
It just doesn't make sense to trust in ourselves or to walk in the ways of the world! As Christians, let's Walk the Walk in Wisdom.
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