“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7: 13-14 (NKJV)
Somehow it seems appropriate to speak about wisdom on April Fools Day. It could be said that wisdom is in increasingly short supply these days. We have embraced Secular Humanism in all facets of our lives and culture and moral relativism appears to be the order of the day. We lack real moral or ethical standards, so pretty much anything goes.
“The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt,
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.” Psalm 14:1 (NKJV)
The bottom line is that, the more we remove the Light of the Gospel from every area of our lives, the darker and more clouded our minds become. The more ignorant we are of the Bible, the easier we are to fool.
The foundation for all wisdom is truth. So if we desire wisdom, we must go to the source of all Truth: God and His Word. There is no other way around it. We won’t gain much wisdom from watching our favorite television shows, attending sports events, going to movies, reading novels, or any other of the hundreds of things we watch or read on any given day, even if there isn’t anything inherently wrong with these. We must seek Him where He can be found.
“Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.” Proverbs 4:7-13 (NKJV)
If we value wisdom at all, we must make gaining it a top priority in our lives. Every decision we make in our lives will be based on something, either wisdom or foolishness.
Wisdom always provides better outcomes.
Wisdom always makes our daily walk easier.
One might think God knew what He was talking about when He told us to get wisdom.
“To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgement, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion–a wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:2-7 (NKJV)
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