Who can dispute our need for wisdom in today’s world?
- wisdom for how to manage money (or lack of it)
- wisdom for how to raise today’s children and teens
- wisdom for how to keep marriages from falling apart
- wisdom for how to gracefully cope with aging
- wisdom for how to deal with moral decline
- wisdom for how to . . . fill in the blank . . .
Wisdom Always Needed
Though our world is far different than it used to be, our need for wisdom to cope with life hasn’t changed. King Solomon, who wrote the book of Proverbs, addressed issues similar to those listed above. The book begins,
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; or giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance … (Prov. 1:1-5)
The book continues with nuggets of wisdom pertaining to everyday living still relevant today.
Wisdom Needed Today from the Same Source as Then
Though we experience a far different world than it used to be, our source of wisdom hasn’t changed. King Solomon continued,
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge … (Prov. 1:7)
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Prov. 2:6)
We can’t begin to fully understand and tap into the wisdom of God (Rom. 11:33).
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. (Prov. 3:19-20)
Yet, we have His assurance that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). So, it only makes sense to “trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5-6).
Check out this Devotional Guide Based on Proverbs: Walk the Walk in Wisdom