THE VALUE OF WISDOM
“Perfect wisdom needs to be unbiased and untainted by selfish motives and desires. It needs to stand above man’s thoughts and experiences.”
A BIBLE STUDY BY CHARLOTTE MILLICAN
Proverbs Chapter 2
Key Verse: "For the Lord gives wisdom: from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Same as last week get out your highlighters and read chapter 2.
Why wisdom? Why am I doing a Bible Study on wisdom? Why is wisdom so important in our lives?
Turn in your Bibles to James 3:13-18 (James is the New Testament toward the back). Take a minute to read it, reflect on it, and highlight/underline accordingly.
This passage of Scriptures shows us what Godly wisdom looks like verses what the world teaches us. Godly wisdom is not selfish but pure, peaceful, merciful, and gentle. Our tongue (which James speaks a lot about and we all need to watch our tongues) can get us into some trouble. What is in our hearts in what usually comes out of our mouths. What does your wisdom look like? Are we showing wisdom of the world (selfishness, discord, bitterness, hate, laziness)?
Proverbs 2 begins with telling us that if we receive His words and keep His commandments, if we make our ears attentive to wisdom, and incline our hearts to understanding and seek GODLY wisdom like we need our next breathe, then we will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God (2:1-5). When we do this and understand the Lord gives wisdom, we begin to hide His words in our hearts (our very souls) and then we practice this Godly wisdom we will know His voice when He calls to us. We will know what to say and not to say because we have Godly wisdom and not worldly wisdom. Verses 7-8 say “He becomes a shield to those who walk in integrity. He guards our paths and watches over us.” This is what wisdom does when we walk in the RIGHT wisdom. It guides us. It leads us on the right PATH. It acts like a shield, a filter between our heads and our mouths.
RIGHT PATH= RIGHTEOUSNESS + JUSTICE + EQUITY
See Proverbs 1 Bible Study
Trust me, I know how hard it is to use that filter sometimes, especially when I was pregnant. Oh the stories I could tell. The world says it is fine to blurt out your feeling and only think of yourself and get what’s yours. Godly wisdom turns something on inside you that says I want to love my fellow humans, I want to serve them, be kind to them, pray for them, offer love to them (“Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." – Mark 12:31) The Bible even goes as far as to say, But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). Godly wisdom says, “Hey, love them. I [God] do”. God love us so much He let his only son come to this earth full of suffering and DIE for us. Jesus suffered. How many of us let our kids suffer for someone else? He loves you and let’s be honest, look at all we’ve done. Look how awful we have been. Yet He is merciful and has forgiven us and loves us no matter what.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”. Anyone of us can have it. All you have to do is ask and begin seeking God. Solomon, writer of Proverbs, couldn’t ask God for riches and glory, but instead he asked for WISDOM and God gave him wisdom (2 Chronicles 1:7-12). Unlike us who only treat God like a sugar daddy (different lesson for a different time).
Wisdom not only helps that filter of ours, but it helps us not make as many mistakes. We still we mess up, we are still human and our flesh will win over our spiritual sometimes so please do not be discouraged when you do mess up. We all mess up. I mess up. My pastor messes up. But God’s grace is so big (2:10-19).
Verses 20-22 really stuck out to me during studying. It reminds me of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. God was talking about the land of Israel but I felt in soul that God was using this Scripture to say that He would heal my family, heal my heart, heal my life; and He would bring me back to the place where I was closest to Him and even more. Verse 21 in my bible uses the word “upright”, for the upright will inhabit the land (the healed land/my healed land). The word “upright” means “honorable and honest”. This took me back to Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek (humble), for they will inherit the earth (land)”. I saw a bridge filling a huge gap between me and righteousness (my healed land). That bridge was a cross with the words WISDOM written on it.
When we walk the PATH of the righteous we are being submissive to the Word of God. Then and only then will this gap in my dream be healed.
This is why Pathfinders exists. I want us to find this path together and help each other on this path of righteousness. When we start to wonder off this path, someone will be there to help us and light the path again for us.
This concludes week 2 of the Bible Study on Proverbs. Remember, KNOWLEDGE is KNOWING about God but WISDOM is UNDERSTANDING.
We begin Chapter 3 next week. Go ahead and read it and highlight accordingly. Write down some questions if you have any or email me some questions and I will address them in the next Bible Study.