Monday, August 10, 2015

Proverbs 9:1-6 The Way of Wisdom

KEY TEXT: Prov 9:1-2 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.

KEY THOT: Wisdom is personified as a lady who has built her house on seven pillars. Her house is filled with abundance of food and wine. The acquisition of wisdom from Scripture will grant to us a life built on a solid spiritual and moral foundation and also a life of abundance, lacking nothing.

Jesus says, “I came that they (believers) may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). There is nothing wrong with prosperity if it comes as a result of applying God’s moral wisdom to solve life’s challenges. Wisdom is moral intelligence (MQ), not be confused with IQ (cognitive intelligence). Scandals in recent years in Singapore involving individuals with high HQ but low MQ have made us aware that IQ is not enough to be a good leader. Scripture has nothing against riches (Solomon who is the author of most of Proverbs was the Bill Gates of his time); He blesses his people with health and wealth. The problem with “Prosperity Gospel” is to make prosperity the mark and motivation of spirituality. We should seek the wisdom of God more than health or wealth. When God asked Solomon what he wanted from Him, he said: "Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil" (1 Kings 3:9). Wisdom (MQ), unlike cognitive intelligence (IQ), is the ability to make right moral choices. When we are able to exercise wisdom daily, health and wealth are a natural consequence.

My call in life is to apply biblical wisdom to all that I do—whether in so-called “secular” work or in the ministry. When people (believers or non-believers) violate the wisdom principles of Scripture, they have become foolish and their life and work is heading downward. The wisdom principles of Scripture are universal principles of moral foundation: they do not just apply to believers but to all humanity. Only God's wisdom can save us from spiritual and moral failures and disasters that result in financial and personal losses. Thank God that if we apply the wisdom principles contained in his laws, our work, our relationships and our life in general will be filled with the abundance of God’s blessings found in His House of Wisdom. 

Daily reading of God’s word is indispensable for wisdom: “Blessed is the man…(whose) delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

Father, thank You for giving us Your wisdom as contained in Your law. Help us make daily reading and meditation of Your word a delight so that we may prosper in all that we do. Amen.

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