o know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, (Proverbs 1:2)
The Book of Proverbs focuses on wisdom. Wisdom is not knowledge. There are brilliant people who have no wisdom. There are uneducated people who are filled with wisdom. No school can give wisdom, no bank can sell wisdom, and no legislature can impose wisdom. It is given by God alone.
God’s view of life is very different from man’s view. Only God’s Word can provide God’s view. We normally make our decisions based on temporal and worldly perspectives. That is one reason they so often fail. Wisdom actually sounds like foolishness to the worldly-wise man.
When faced with any situation, especially an emotional response to an offense, ask two questions:
1. What is the natural response and decision?
2. What would be the opposite to number 1?
Usually, the second answer is closer to God’s wisdom.
Prayer: Father, help us seek wisdom more than money, Your counsel more than food, and Your perspective more than our opinion. Amen.