In wrapping up the series and study on the book of Proverbs we took a look at wisdom this week. Since Solomon wrote most of the book of Proverbs and obviously had so much wisdom, where did it come from? We can read in 2 Chronicles 1 that God told Solomon that He would give him whatever he asked. Solomon responded wisely by saying that God had made him king over more people than the dust of the earth and that he would need wisdom to lead them. So this is what God gave him. We learn a great thing here in that we should be asking God for wisdom daily.
We looked at three aspects of what wisdom is. In the past we had looked at our speech with others, but this night focused on our speech with God.
1) Wisdom is Listening
We can not gain wisdom without listening to wise teaching, the Bible, and God's instructions. Proverbs 18:15 tells us that the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 15:31 shows us that a wise person listens to correction. Sometimes we do not like to be corrected. However a wise person listens to correction from God and allows that correction to grow them. Proverbs 28:9 tells us that not listening to what the Bible teaches us but still asking God for whatever is detestable or is an abomination. I believe that what this means is that when we try to live life on our own without listening to what God tells us, but then still go to Him and ask Him for what we want that it breaks His heart.
2) Wisdom is Not Speaking
Many times we go to God with our requests, but we never stop speaking long enough to listen to what He has to say to us. We will sometimes complain about not hearing from God but we are not taking the time to listen to Him because we do not stop speaking. Proverbs 10:19 teaches us that a wise person is one that holds his lips.
3) Wisdom is Learning From Past Mistakes
Proverbs 26:11 is a verse that we laugh at but it actually a warning about foolishness. When we sin, ask forgiveness, but then go back and commit the same sin again it is foolishness. It is as foolish as a silly dog who returns to his own vomit. A dog does not have the sense to know better, but we do. We all fall and make mistakes, but if we are growing spiritually mature then we grow wise to not make the same sinful mistakes over and over. True Repentance = Wisdom
As we closed I reminded the students that wisdom is not as easy as it looks. It takes time and effort to become wise. Just as a musician has to practice over time to become skilled, we must also grow in our relationship with God over time.