What Is Wisdom?
Wisdom is the kind of knowledge that leads to the best choice being made and the best decision actioned.
Proverbs Chapter 1
The was once a couple who had five sons. The parents laboured hard to raise their boys. Before they were old enough to go to school, their mother would spend creative hours teaching and training each of her boys. But the family were rocked when this caring wife and mother tragically died leaving her husband to solo parent his boys.
In order to support his family after his loss he was forced to work a second job. It wasn’t long before his four eldest boys felt neglected by their dad and in all-too-predictable fashion began to hang out with the wrong crowd. But not only was their dad hard-working, he was also sensitive to his sons. When he heard that his eldest boys were hanging out in the Mall with the gangs, he went down there and pleaded with them to come home.
They laughed at him. But he persisted. The passing crowds stared at him as he cried and wept and screamed out to his unrepentant boys from across the Mall. Meanwhile, his boys were being enticed by these gang leaders to join in their schemes. Wealth, riches, ease, pleasure, they offered. All of this could be theirs -in an instant- if they only took it from it from ‘the weak and undeserving’. Suspecting that he had nearly lost his boys all together to a life of crime and heartless debauchery he made one last plea. But he was too late. That night his wayward boys ambushed a wealthy and, what they had hoped was, an unsuspecting businessman. But they had underestimated their first victim.
When their exhausted father heard from the authorities that his wayward sons had died in horrible circumstances, he was gutted. His youngest infant son climbed up into his father’s lap and caressed his daddy’s cheek. “What’s the matter Daddy?” His father composed himself and looked for a prolonged moment at his, now, only son.
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.“
The father pondered what he could say to his son to prevent him from going the way of his older and foolish brothers.
“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.“
How could he save his young son from falling prone to the same deadly lies his that his other sons had succumbed to?
“If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason…we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder…throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse…my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.“
The grieving father remembered how he had tried in vain to win his wretched boys back.
“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?“
The aching father asked for his youngest son to look at him, closely. Listen to me closely son. He spoke to his son about responsibility, right choices, and irreversible consequences.
“For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; “
Listen to what I say, son, and you will live a full life. The infant son heard these words of fatherly wisdom but it wasn’t until years later that he understood just how much his father had at stake in ensuring that he truly heard his wisdom.
To live a wise life is to live a life that brings blessing (Prov. 3:13 – Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding). It is a life that lives within boundaries and therefore dwells securely. Jesus Christ said living wisely was the foundation for a good life. Upon this foundation a person could build a life that as able to withstand any storm and prepare them for eternity in heaven. This foundation, taught Jesus, was building your life upon everything He taught. But like the grieving father in the story, Jesus lamented with omniscient prophetic insight that most people would choose the foolish way of the father’s eldest boys.
“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.“
Have you found the wise path that Jesus spoke of? Do You have peace with God. Are you building your life upon a lie, or upon the teachings of Jesus Christ? Eternity is at stake.