Moral Benefits of Wisdom – 1

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as silver and search for it as hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2: 1-5

Everyone has a choice to make; fear God, accept His Wisdom and live abundantly or scoff at God, reject His wisdom and face destruction.  God calls us to accept His bounty.

God has given free will to man to make independent decisions. Most of the times, though right path is shown, man succumbs to his/her ill-experienced and self-motivated will. And when things go astray and ends with very dire consequences we start to blame our faith and God. In fact, if we sincerely examine our decisions or actions, we could realize that we didn’t give enough heed to God’s words when we made the decision. Blaming is in our culture!

How to escape from this common trap?

The hardest part is “how to guard ourselves from our own folly of arrogance, selfishness and ignorance.”

In the modern world of technology there is a command for everything and if you follow the command literally, the system will work smoothly. The inventors/discoverers place the command at the right places for the smooth running of the system but, sometimes, man who controls the commands OVERRIDES systems processes and then the system hangs up and brings out undesirable results. Do we know enough to OVERRIDE the system?

  1. The discipline of the written Word of God

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commandments within you…. (v.1).

It is essential that we receive God’s sayings, that we absorb them on a regular basis and allow them to find lodging in our mind. Few things affect our world more detrimentally than ongoing biblical ignorance. At the same time, we cannot overestimate the positive impact of scriptural knowledge on a society. We need only look to the founding of the United States of America for evidence.

Many scholars question whether the Founding Fathers were professing believers as our evangelical churches today would define the term Christian. Regardless, the vast majority at least maintained a Christian worldview, held God in high esteem, revered the Bible as authoritative, knew God’s Word well, and adopted its precepts as their moral foundation. All of the above is undeniable. Their knowledge of biblical wisdom led them to first think deeply and then make decisions based on principles rather than pragmatism. In fact, their scriptural knowledge made capitalism and democracy possible.

My Prayer

Merciful God make me able to look into myself and realize that ‘I don’t know many things’. Boasting is my first sin that prevents me gaining God’s wisdom. When I submit myself to the will of God and grasp the benefits of wisdom, as The Proverbs say, I feel internal peace that leads to better judgement and victory. Make me humble!!

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