Quotes and Notes for the Day
Gleanings From The Proverbs – I
The Wise Man
( Wisdom Is the Principal thing)
“Get wisdom, get understanding: for it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee; love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding….” Proverbs4:5-7
What is wisdom? For the child of God wisdom is of the mind of God! And God has given us His mind in this book- the Bible! We read in 1st Corinthians 2:16, “… we have the mind of Christ..” The believer has the mind of Christ – with the Holy Spirit dwelling in him and the word of God (the Bible) at his disposal! God, has not given us everything He knows (is obvious); Perhaps only a fraction; but He has given us everything we need to know, for this life and the life to come, you name it; it is in this book! Be it known that wisdom is not an academic subject that one can teach in the classroom. It is a gift of God; a moral precept thought at home and in the church. Wisdom is a priority for life! And man’s education can give him knowledge, but it can’t give him wisdom! Wisdom is from God; and proverb is a book full of wisdom; God’s wisdom!
The word ‘ wisdom’ appears in the book of proverbs almost fifty times. And then lots of other words that describe it, like “understanding”, and “discretion”, and ” Prudence.” The believer needs wisdom, to know how to conduct his life and live for the Lord! Of course to get wisdom we need to read, and study, and memorize portions of the Bible! Proverbs 1:1 reads, “ The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instructions to perceive the words of understanding; : to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgement, and equity; to give; to give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.” Proverbs 1:1-4
Our text says, “ to know wisdom, and instruction..” here instruction means, correction! When we are wrong we need to be corrected; Wisdom will correct us; How often do we say and do foolish things; and instead of confessing; and forsaking it; we make all kinds of excuses, or even blame somebody else; and go on stumbling! and we don’t like correction; our flesh loathes it. We know that no man walking in the face of this earth is Perfect! Sometimes when someone tries to correct us; and we are on the defensive! That beloved is, that old man rising up; he is not dead like it ought to be! And we are not accomplishing anything in life because we have broken our fellowship with God! We sure need instruction, we need correction!
“…. To receive understanding..” and this word, “understanding” has to do with “discernment”! How often believers comes up against to a certain situation, and they don’t have discernment, whether they should go to the left or to the right hand! This happens when the believer is not wise enough to know more scripture, memorized and tucked in his heart! !And for those who have a good grasp of the word of God; and yet ignore the heeding of the voice; the knowledge of the truth does not give them as such any comfort; if they don’t use it or apply it! In fact it becomes an accusing voice! sometimes even a snare!
“…. To receive the instruction of wisdom…. Justice…” the word “justice” means, “ right conduct” ! yes, if a believer is walking in wisdom , he is going to be living right; the way a Christian ought to be living! And the word “judgment” that is to make right decisions! the word “equity” has to do with integrity! This is the moral requirement of every believer; that he should be a person of integrity! That is he ought to be honest; ought to be real; and genuine!
“… to give subtlety to the simple..” the word “ subtlety” means, ” refinement of thought” I want to tell you something; In this old world today, that is not very common! But we ought to be able to think through something; and get the right answer; because we have the word of God, and the Holy Spirit of God! here the word, “simple” means “single minded”! the opposite to this is a “hypocrite” who is “double minded”! pretending to be something when in reality he is something else! And we have that word, “knowledge” and that is just information! “discretion” that is to know what is right and what is wrong! Sometimes it is a fine line; but if we walk with God, and in the light of His word, He will open our eyes and gives us understanding!
Verse 7 reads, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Wee have this truth reiterated in chapter 9:10, “ the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” as we have said, knowledge is information! And it is one thing to have information, it is yet another thing to know how to use it! that is to have discernment or discretion! If we ever need these virtues it is more today than any other time! We don’t see them lately, but years gone by; we see a lot of bumper stickers, in the back windows of cars, “ no fear”! and that is true of the world! In the real sense that is true, “ there is no fear of God before their eyes…”
To say the least “I don’t think there is enough fear of God, among God’s people.” The Bible speaks a great deal about that! Those of us who are saved, “ we need to fear the Lord!” that is having a healthy respect for God; that reverential fear! While, “fools despise wisdom” and laugh at it! they make a joke of it; supposedly they have something better! We read exhorted in James 1:26 which reads, “… if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” that means, we need to pray for wisdom; we need to ask for it!
And In James 3:17 reads, “ … but the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits…without hypocrisy.” Yes, the wisdom of God is pure, meaning it is clean; then it is peaceable; this that peace of God we are instructed to seek and ensue! You can’t be at peace with everybody; because some people won’t let you! David said, “when I am for peace they are for war…” but with reasonable people you are to seek peace as the Scripture gives the exhortation, “ ………if it be possible as much lies in you live peaceably with all men..” Romans 12:18 We read in Proverbs 16:7, “ when a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
The wisdom of God is also, “gentle” and “easy to be entreated”; that is to be approachable; especially where there is a problem, to be able to deal with it reasonably! The Bible says, “ let your moderation be known to all men…. At hand..” that is to say “your reasonableness..” which goes along with being “peaceable.” The wisdom of God is not only gentle, and easy to be entreated but also, “full of mercy”! We all like mercy; and where will we be without the mercy of God? But sometimes we don’t deal with mercy! The word means, to “have pity on others,” to consider the other fellow, and not ourselves! How often self gets there first! Remember the parable of the wicked servant in Matthew 18:32?
To be continued…………………..
From The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.