Friday, October 24, 2014

"Wisdom's Traveling Companions"

"Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."  Proverbs 3:17

Who is the "her" in this verse?  It is a personification referring to wisdom. (verse 13)  Wisdom puts you on a path, or road.  On that road you have two traveling "companions".  They are "pleasantness and peace".  How would you like to "travel" though this life in pleasantness (which is also defined as favor) and peace?  It is possible-- it comes through wisdom.

There are two wisdoms though.  One that is worldly and one that comes from above.  The one that is worldly is the wisdom of the world that focuses on self.  What does self want and how do I go about getting it?  This wisdom is only wise in its own eyes.  It says that you have to assert yourself, run over others, be arrogant and demanding, fight for your rights in order to get ahead and get what you deserve.  The Bible calls this wisdom- sensual and devilish.

The other wisdom comes from above.  It comes from God.  It is His wisdom imparted to mankind.  It also gives the best and perfect course of action.  It is the same wisdom that created the world in the beginning.  It is the same wisdom that provided the perfect plan of salvation to redeem mankind from their sins. This wisdom is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  It gives life.

How would you rather travel through life?  Wise or foolish?  Knowing what to do or always being in a state of confusion?  Would you rather have hatefulness and offensive as your traveling companions?  Or pleasantness and peace?  If you need wisdom, just ask God.  He gives it freely and generously to all who ask.

Have a great day.  Do you lack wisdom?  If not, where does your wisdom come from?

For further reading:
James 3:15-18; 1:5

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