Most everyone in this world thinks they are wise. The rich and famous believe they are wise because of all the wealth and fame they have been able to obtain. The successful businessman believes he is wise because of his cunning climb to the top. Politicians believe they have wisdom far exceeds that of the people they represent.
The religious man thinks he is wiser than lesser men, in his view. Even the fool and the lazy man thinks he is wiser than seven other men combined. Just step out into an open social media platform and start a discourse on any subject. Then you will find that a multitude believes that they have more understanding and wisdom than the next guy.
The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. Proverbs 26:16 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15
But who is truly wise and what is wisdom? Where does it come from and how can you obtain it? You certainly can’t buy it off the shelf and it seems quite obvious that many people who think they are wise, really are not that wise at all. As a matter of fact, many are not too bright either, considering the foolish things they do.
But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living. The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
It cannot be purchased for gold, Nor can silver be weighed for its price. It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In precious onyx or sapphire. Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold. “From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?
Then God saw wisdom and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out. And to man, He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’ Job 28:12-20,27-28
Did you know this is what God says wisdom is? “The fear of the Lord.” If you truly desire wisdom you must fear the Lord and do as He commands. Have you ever heard of His Ten Commandments? Thou shall not lie, steal, kill, lust, and more.
He calls for all men to repent of their sins. Turn away from their sinful behavior and obey His commandments. A wise man fears the Lord and does as He commands fearing Him who made him.
But sin is the greatest obstacle between God and man. The lack of fear which leads to a nonchalant behavior towards Him proves that they know nothing of who He is. A wise man will tremble before the Lord concerning his sin. Because he understands that he is piling up punishment for himself as wages for every sin committed.
God has said, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” Ezekial 18:20
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
He has given you a choice. Either turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins by repenting and turning away from evil. Or you will have to suffer the punishment for every sin you have committed on your own. It is the wages you have earned for your wicked deeds.
Yes, it sounds harsh, “wicked.” But that is what breaking His Law and rebellion against God are. He sees you as a criminal and He has to punish every criminal who does not turn to Jesus and follow Him. He will send you to Hell to suffer great torment for all eternity if you do not turn to Jesus.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ Mark 9:43-44
Praise the Lord, God is different from the way we are. He is abounding in goodness, mercy, grace, and love toward us. Think about all the good things you enjoy every day. He is the one who has showered us with all good things.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
He loves you so much that He sent Jesus Christ to die for your sins. He intentionally sacrificed His life on the cross and was raised from the dead so that you may live. He is perfect and never sinned, yet He suffered for you. That you may have the chance to be forgiven. But you must put away your worldly wisdom that is no wisdom at all and fear the Lord. Realize that you are a sinner on your way to Hell. You will be found guilty. But you can throw yourself to the feet of the judge and cry out for mercy.
Jesus is holding His hands out to you to forgive you, to show you grace and mercy. To give you eternal life in heaven, if you would believe in Him, and follow His commands. Be truly wise and fear the Lord who made you. Who knows every deed, thought, and motivation of your heart from your first day until the day you will die.
Think of your life. How many times should you have died or could you have died. You could die tonight in your sleep. Only He knows. He has given you time after time to turn to Him. Do not wait any longer. Seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Repent and turn from sin.
Put Him first in your life and everything else a far second and He will reward you greatly for your faithfulness in Heaven. Do not continue to think you are wise without the fear of the Lord. Remember where wisdom comes from and turn and be truly wise.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:13-17