Thursday, December 06, 2012
Where Wisdom Comes From
Wisdom seems to be on the wane these days. Our society tends to value that which is trendy, spectacular, and instantaneous. Thus we tend to neglect wisdom, which is classic, unpretentious, and unhurried. Moreover, we are entranced by the audacity of youth rather than the prudence of maturity.The traits that Mark lists there are almost a ladder. First one knows...then one honors...then one reverences...then one submits...and finally one obeys. This is not an easy ladder to climb. Note that as it is climbed, the self becomes of lesser and lesser significance.
Psalm 111:10 shows us how to become wise: “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom.” This core truth, which appears elsewhere in Scripture (Prov. 9:10, for example), reminds us that wisdom is not something we gain on our own. Rather, true wisdom comes as a result of knowing, honoring, reverencing, submitting to, and obeying God. That’s what the “fear of the Lord” is all about.
I think this is why so few ever really climb it and attain genuine wisdom. We want to hold and control wisdom rather than let it hold and control us. We want to use it when it suits us, and forget it when it does not.
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