Redefining Wisdom

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Reading: Job 28-31 

“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28)

After a few months, we can buy a new gadget. In a few years, we can begin investing on a house of our own. But when we think deeply about what we really need in life, we must gradually accept the fact that the most valuable things are those that money can never buy – one of them is godly wisdom. “Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living.” (Job 28:13)

Secular wisdom can be gained over time through a vast repertoire of human experience. Though that is of value, we must understand that true godly wisdom begins, first and foremost, in a posture of reverential fear of the Lord. It is a kind of fear that is birthed out of love and of utter respect to the One who has been pursuing us right from the very beginning. Since there is a sense of reverential awe and fear towards God, we turn our eyes from wickedness then seek to abide and obey what God so desires.

How can we discern God’s will today? We go to his Word – his revealed will to man. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Fil Anderson wisely wrote, “The Word of God is not a self-help book nor a placebo to calm our fears. Neither is it a [self-help] guide to career success or greater effectiveness in ministry. It is, in truth, a love letter that invites us to be embraced by the Lover who wrote the letter. Sacred Scripture has tremendous power to free us from the mold the world squeezes us into. The God of the universe, who, in the beginning, shaped life into existence with spoken words, today speaks words meant to reshape our lives.”

Let us get our hands on God’s Word today, so we may gain a heart of wisdom leading to a transformed life.

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