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Wisdom Through Knowledge

John Collins03/15/2012In Proverbs 1, Solomon teaches us wisdom.  He says that we should know wisdom and instruction to perceive the words of understanding.

We should receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgement, and equality, so that we can bestow our knowledge very carefully to the simple minded, and teach the young men knowledge and discretion.

The wise men will hear and increase learning, and will increase his understanding around others who are wise.  To understand a proverb and its interpretation, they will hear the words of the wise and their riddles.  

By increasing themselves in knowledge, they are serving the Lord.  Fools, however, despise understanding and instruction through wisdom.

Solomon instructed his son to hear the words of his father, and not to forsake the law of his mother.  They would be an an ornament of grace shining from his head, and chains that would keep him safe.

He warned not to let sinners entice with wicked plans and devices against the innocent without a cause.  They should not plan evil things against them for their own gain.  Instead, he instructed to run from all evil, for they lay wait for their own blood and for their own lives.  

Such is the way for every one that is greedy.  Through their gain, they are taking away their own lives.

Wisdom is not hidden in secret mysteries -- it cries out loudly throughout the streets.  It cries out throughout the city saying, "how long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?  How long, while the scorners delight in their scorning and the fools hate knowledge?"

In God is wisdom.  "behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, and will make known my words unto you.  Because I have called and you refused, and I have stretched out my hand and no man payed any attention, I will laugh at your troubles and will laugh at you in your fear."

When distress and anguish come upon you, fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind.  Those in fear will call upon God, but he will not answer.  They will seek for Him in the morning, but will not find Him.

They are the ones that hated knowledge, and did not choose to serve God.  They will remain eating the fruits they have produced, and be filled with their own devices.  Even the simple will turn away from them, and the prosperity of fools will destroy them.

But whoever listens to the Lord will dwell safely and will not have any fear of evil.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we seek wisdom?  Do we seek equality?  Do we fellowship with the wise who are advanced in wisdom, or the simple minded who are just beginning their journey?  Do we follow after those who are greedy?  Do we try to find wisdom in secret mysteries when it is calling us like a siren in the streets?  Do we refuse knowledge?  Are we eating the fruits we have produced, or waiting on the Lord to feed us?  Are we filled with fear?  Are we even listening to the Lord?