Drinking Deeply

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Quote by Mark Driscoll

"You are more evil than you have ever feared and more loved than you have ever hoped" (Death By Love, pg. 68)

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Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:23 AM

What is wisdom?

Lately, I've been reading through proverbs in the mornings. And of course the question of "what is wisdom?" comes to mind? Here's my working definition and a text that leads me there and some brief conclusions.

Wisdom is understanding the end result of an action and responding appropriately.

Where does that definition come from?

In Proverbs 6:6-8, Solomon urges us to consider the ant as a model of wisdom.

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

What does an ant do? She stores up material for the future, why? Because she understands what the future holds and is responding appropriately.

Another text: Proverbs 5:1-6
5:1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.
3 For the lips of a forbidden [1] woman drip honey, and her speech [2] is smoother than oil,
4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to [3] Sheol;
6 she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

The exhortation to Solomon's son is to be attentive to wisdom. What does that look like here? It means "look where this leads! Look at the forbidden woman, she looks nice and appealing, but her path leads to death!"

A few implications:

Wisdom is not explicitly defined with respect to God, but it is implicitly defined with respect to God. True wisdom involves recognizing that the end of all things is God. We will meet our maker and be judged for everlasting life or perdition. Therefore, true wisdom must take this into account. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Atheists (and non-Christians) cannot have true wisdom. However shrewd they may be in their dealings, however kind they may be to their friends, they aren't considering the true end of all things.

Wisdom is ultimately the gift of God. A seeing eye and a hearing ear, the Lord made them both. If anyone of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives generously without finding fault.

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