The Ways of the Wise
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom Proverbs 9:10
Wisdom – The ability to judge correctly and to follow the course of action based on the knowledge and understanding of one’s foundation of life. If one has God’s word as their foundation of life, then they will see life through God’s perspective.
As a Christian, for one to get wisdom, one has to ask God (James 1:5). If the society in which one lives is turned from following biblical principals, then the wisdom of God will be contrary to what is accepted.
The first mentioning of being wise was is Genesis 3:6 when the serpent beguiled Eve. This of course led to the fall and sin. Today when one searches for wisdom outside of God’s word, it will only lead to destruction (Proverbs 16:25).
The word for Philosophy comes from two Greek words philo = Love & Sophia = Wisdom, which means “love of wisdom”.
The following verses are just a few of the characters of a wise person.
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:10
Here we find that if the rulers of the world are to be wise, they are to rule according to God’s word and with reverence to Him. When the United States was first started, our founding fathers pledged that it would be a nation whose foundation was built on the Word of God. Many of our documents speak of God, Creator …etc. Many of the principals that we find in our constitution are directly from the Bible.
A wise man will hear and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Proverbs 1:5
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my Gates, waiting at the posts of my doors Proverbs 8:33&34
One of the characters of a wise man is that he will listen and be able to discern if the one talking to him is consistent with the word of God.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD and depart from evil Proverbs 3:7
This is the rebuke we get when we follow after things that sound good and maybe accepted by the church, but they are unable to be found in scripture. One such example is when a son or daughter reaches 18 and we are supposed to automatically kick them out of the house. No where do we find such a command, but our society frowns on anyone that is still at home over 18. Our family is going through this. We are looked down at because our daughter is over 20 and still at home.
Rebuke a wise man and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: Proverbs 9:8&9
One of the ways you can tell if someone has the character of a wise person is, that they are willing to be corrected and are thankful that you showed it to them.
A wise son maketh a glad father ….a wise son heareth his father’s instruction” Proverbs 10:1, 13:1
Does your son or daughter follow your instruction? Do they see the consistency in your life with what you teach them? Our children look to please their mother as well as myself. This is attained because of the commitments that we as parents have made to the LORD. When we mess up, we make it right with our children.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise Proverbs 20:1
It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak Romans 14:21
Even though this is plain to see, there are those even in the church that will try to justify alcoholic consumption, only to see that their small compromise become much more in excess with their children. Some will even justify that Jesus made alcoholic wine at the wedding feast at Cana. The Greek word for wine here is “oinos” which is a primary root word for either fresh grape juice or fermented. One needs to remember that our Lord has never contradicted his word and does not start here. In Timothy 5:23 Paul advised Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach problem. As with any serious stomach problem one would want to drink something that would coat the stomach like grape juice and not alcohol which passes through the stomach wall into the blood stream.
I speak strongly concerning this issue because of the effect of alcohol had on my father and how it destroyed him. It all starts with one drink. Those who justify its use are only limiting their testimony and bringing compromise to their home.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. Proverbs 13:20
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest Proverbs 29:9
Here we find that a wise man’s association or the friends that he keeps will strongly influence him. Therefore one of the ways to identify a true wise man is by the friends whom he hangs around. This identifies his true motive or any struggles he may have.
When I was growing in the Lord as a new believer I realized that my old friends started pulling away from me because they wanted to stay where they were. The good thing about this was that the Lord put new people in my life who were heading in the same direction I was. There were also others who gave me godly counsel that I have benefited greatly from. This is not to be confused with witnessing for the Lord. There are people who are struggling and need direction to the Lord.
Many years ago when the source of our Republic was removed from our schools namely the Bible, it became uncool to be a man or woman of character. The term square became identified with those who were not with the crowd. The term “Square” actually means honest.
Today America is drawn to Hollywood and imitates those portrayed in the movies. Young girls are dressing so immodestly so that they can portray their favorite singer. Some time ago one of my daughters walked into a local restaurant in a modest dress when two young girls wearing short shorts looked at her and commented “I like the way we dress, we draw more attention”. They failed to realize that the way my daughter dressed drew their attention.
Those in sports are looked at as role models, but some of the most popular are involved in immoral behavior. Because they are great in their job, the media overlooks their bad character and excuse it by saying that no one is perfect. One famous football player was recently charged of driving his vehicle purposely into a car carrying his wife and daughter. What is sad is that the team manager is trying to get the player off so that he can play. This type of lifestyle will only get worse unless some kind of accountability is instituted.
The ones to blame are ultimately ourselves because we as a nation have allowed this. It is much easier to overlook a matter or justify it rather than stand up against it. Our nation needs men and women of character who are willing to stand alone and set the example. They will be rejected and persecuted, but they will be the heroes of tomorrow. Its easy for one to follow the crowd, it’s harder to be willing to stand up not for what you think, but for what is right.
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:” Matthew 5:10 - 12
The greatest act of a person becoming a wise man is to receive the greatest gift in the world. First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13