Wisdom: More Than Just Knowledge

Current Sermon Series: Proverbs - The Way of Wisdom

The Wisdom of God

Throughout this summer, we’re going to delve into the depths of wisdom so it’s essential to understand that the what we are seeking is not merely about accumulating knowledge. Some people gain knowledge and can be “book smart” but wisdom can be attained by anyone if it’s sought from the right place. The Hebrew word for wisdom in the Bible is “chokmah,” which holds a much broader and profound concept. It signifies not just the acquisition of wisdom but also the ability to apply it effectively, much like a skilled craftsman or tradesman.

The Essence of Chokmah

In our modern world, we often equate wisdom with intelligence or knowledge. However, the biblical concept of chokmah goes beyond this superficial understanding. Chokmah is about practical application, something that can be used in our every day life. It’s about knowing what to do in various situations and how to handle a variety of situations with discernment and skill.

Pastor Jim in his sermon, used the analogy of a plumber. Jim explains, “While I can handle some basic plumbing tasks around my house, there have been instances where my efforts have resulted in unintended consequences—like a flooded bathroom. When faced with more complex plumbing issues, I call a professional plumber. Why? Because they possess the skill and expertise to handle the job correctly. They understand the intricacies of their trade and can apply their knowledge effectively to solve problems.”

The point he is making is that life comes with challenges, and we would be wise to seek the help and knowledge of someone who has the right knowledge and skill for the situation we find ourselves in. By studying God’s word and wisdom, we eventually will become better and more skilled ourselves at applying God’s sound advice. The Bible reminds us to seek wise counsel. To hear the sermon in it’s entirety, click here.

A Gold Mine of Wisdom

The Book of Proverbs, primarily written by King Solomon, is a rich source of chokmah. Solomon, renowned for his wisdom, penned these proverbs to guide us in understanding and applying God’s truth in our lives. Proverbs 1:7 sets the tone for the entire book: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

This verse highlights a fundamental truth: true wisdom begins with a reverent fear of the Lord. It’s not about being terrified of God but about recognizing His sovereignty, His holiness, and His authority in our lives. This reverence forms the foundation upon which all of our life and decisions should be be made.

Applying Wisdom in Your Life

So, how do we apply this chokmah in our daily lives? Here are several suggestions:

Seek God First: Proverbs 3:5-6 advises us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” This means prioritizing our relationship with God and seeking His guidance in all aspects of our lives.

Avoid Sinful Influences: Proverbs 1:10 warns, “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” We must be vigilant about the company we keep and the influences we allow into our lives. Surrounding ourselves with godly influences helps us stay on the right path.

Listen for Wisdom Everywhere: Proverbs 1:20-21 personifies wisdom as a woman calling out in the streets, urging us to listen. Wisdom can come from various sources—scripture, godly counsel, life experiences, and even the natural world. We must be attentive and open to learning from these sources.

Embrace Humility: Proverbs 3:7 cautions, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” Humility is a key component. Recognizing our limitations and relying on God’s instruction rather than our own understanding is crucial.

Pursue Righteousness: Proverbs 2:9 promises, “Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path.” Living a righteous life, aligned with God’s principles, leads to a deeper understanding of His timeless and reliable insight.

The Role of Community in Gaining Wisdom

Practicing God’s advice is not a solitary pursuit. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Engaging in a community of believers provides opportunities for mutual growth and accountability. We can learn from each other’s experiences, offer support, and challenge one another to live according to God’s word.

The Ultimate Source of Wisdom

Ultimately, the greatest source is found in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:3 declares, “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Jesus embodies the wisdom of God, and through a relationship with Him, we gain access to this divine wisdom.

As we study the Book of Proverbs this summer, let’s approach it with open hearts and minds, ready to receive and apply God’s eternal truth to our own personal lives. Let’s strive to be like skilled craftsmen, adept at using the wisdom we’ve gained to help us and others, all the while honoring God by doing so.

In conclusion, chokmah means not just gaining knowledge but about applying it effectively in our lives. The Book of Proverbs offers us timeless principles that, when embraced and practiced, lead to a life of righteousness, peace, and fulfillment. Let’s commit to seeking God’s wisdom, avoiding sinful influences, listening for wisdom everywhere, embracing humility, and pursuing righteousness. In doing so, we will become skilled in the art of living according to God’s principles, bringing glory to Him and experiencing the abundant life He promises.

Lakeview Christian Church of Portage Lakes invites you to join us in this Sunday. Together, we can experience God’s Grace and share the love of Jesus with those around us.

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