The Reciprocal Nature of Wisdom


For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
(Proverbs 2:6-8 ESV)

Men and women around the world search for wisdom from a number of places. We read Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Neitsche, and others. We look for wisdom in religion. Some people even seek wisdom from social media, traditional media, and other novel locations (children, sports figures, nature, etc.). The passage from Proverbs 2 tells us not only the source of all wisdom, but also how to obtain that wisdom. “The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

If you are interested in understanding how the world works, it is best to go to the creator. He alone knows the intricate design of the universe. Just over the last few months, physicists were baffled to learn they had a wrong understanding of light particles and the speed of sub-atomic particles. Turns out neutrinos are faster than light! God alone knows the best plans for the future as he is beyond time. God simultaneously occupies the beginning and the end of time. His omniscience uniquely positions him as the best prognosticator. God alone knows how to successfully navigate relationships since he created all mankind, and has existed for eternity in a relationship of three in one.

So how does one obtain wisdom from God. The truth is it is freely given to all who seek it. Unfortunately, most people won’t seek the wisdom of God. They think they know better. That is the essence of sin – “I know what is best for me. The man in the mirror is a god unto himself.” Wisdom is knowing your limitations, and seeking help from one who transcends those limitations. The wise person seeks God’s wisdom as it transcends all earthly limitations.

By seeking the wisdom of God, an interesting thing occurs – the wisdom seeker patterns his/her life after the statutes of God in order to please Him. By walking in integrity and living an upright life,the wisdom seeker pleases God, who rewards with wisdom. The reward of wisdom, in turn, helps the wisdom seeker to live more upright and with integrity. God’s wisdom protects His chosen ones (saints) from a life of evil. By living wisely according to God’s word, the wise person lives a blessed life, gaining more wisdom.

Living Wisely is a reciprocal lifestyle. By pleasing God, we are blessed. The blessings of God allows us to continue to please God, leading to more blessings.

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