What stood out to me yesterday was how to recognize wisdom in other people. That’s important.
But, today, I was struck more by how to recognize wisdom in myself. How can I know when I’m being wise and when I’m being foolish?
• Am I hardworking (v 1)? • Am I productive (v 2)? • Am I hospitable (v 3-4)? • Am I generous (v 5)? • Am I insightful and do I share insight with others (v 6)? • Am I life giving to others (v 11)?
• Am I always the loudest voice in the room (v 13)? • Am I ignorant and content to be so (v 13)? • Am I lazy (v 14)? • Do I only offer others what costs me nothing personally (v 17)? • Am I life draining to be around (v 18)?
Mercy, y’all, this has me thinking this morning.
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We read in Proverbs 1 that wisdom is also everywhere.
So, this begs the question – how can we know which is which? With folly and wisdom both crying out – how do we recognize wisdom?
• speaks noble things (v 6) • what is right comes from its lips (v 6) • it will utter truth (v 7) • all of its words are righteous (8 ) • there is nothing crooked or twisted in its speech (v 8 ) • gives counsel and sound advice (v 14) • shows insight and strength (v 14) • encourages and promotes justice (v 15-16, 20) • proves valuable (v 18-19) • gives life (v 35)
We recognize wisdom in someone by how they speak. Their words will give them away.
Now, we all make mistakes and say things we wish we could take back. We don’t look for perfection in people but patterns. Are we likely to hear them speak truth? Of noble things? Life giving words? Valuable advice?
• it’s waiting for us to make a wrong turn (v 10) • it’s everywhere (v 11-12) • it’s aggressive and bold (v 13) • it seeks us out (v 15) • it promises delight (v 18) • it promises secrecy (v 19) • it’s persuasive (v 21) • it’s so very costly (v 23)
I’ll admit – it’s a little disheartening. I mean – sin is in the street. It’s in the market. It’s on every corner. How on earth are we to avoid it?! I’m so glad you asked.
Guess what else is in the street? In the market? On every street corner? Read Proverbs 1:20-21.
Wisdom! All those places sin is waiting – wisdom is also there. When sin is crying out (v 11) – wisdom also cries out (Prov 1:20).
We have a choice.
Notice that all of the descriptions of sin come AFTER the young man (lacking sense) chose to be at the wrong place at the wrong time (v 8-9).
👉 For further thought on this, you can go to 2 Samuel 11 and see what happened when King David chose to stay home at the time all of the kings were supposed to go out to battle.
Contrary to catchy cliches – the devil doesn’t make us do it. We have choices. Choose wisely, friends.
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