I’ve been around for a while. I know quite a bit.
BUT, am I wise?
The Bible is counter-intuitive when it comes to wisdom.
“Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.” Ezekiel 28:17
“How can men be wise? The only way to begin is by reverence for God. For growth in wisdom comes from obeying His laws. Praise His name forever.” Psalm 111:10
What I consider wise and what the world considers wise, often isn’t.
A commentary on Psalm 111:10 uses the example of a well-known painter to make a point. The painter attracts the praise of many as he sketches the passing landscape on the way down the Niagara River to, and over, Niagara Falls. What was important to him and to those who admired him? Obviously not the MOST important thing.
God gives us every good thing we have, yet too often we are deceived into thinking we deserve it. We have made it possible. God gets relegated to Sunday morning. We know best without His involvement.
We miss who God is! We lose our respect and admiration. Our wisdom becomes “corrupted.”
Reverence for God is a full-time activity. God is special. He’s the best. He’s been there, done it.
Shouldn’t I have a passion to want to know Him better?
Photography interests me. When I find an expert in an area of photography that interests me, I actively chase after him/her. I read. I watch. I chase. Why? They are the expert. I want to get from them what I have a passion for.
If I claim to love God, I will have a passion to know Him.
The second part of verse 10 above gives instruction in this area: I need to obey His laws. Surely, this requires knowing what His laws are. What He wants from me.
I pour over articles in camera magazines chasing knowledge of something that interests me. I must approach the Bible similarly. Therein are instructions on how to be wise in God’s eyes.
Will I chase wisdom in the Bible as I do in other areas?