Summary: God desires that we lovingly revere Him as we find His wisdom
Title: Dr. Solomon
Text: Proverbs 1:1-19
Truth: God desires that we lovingly revere Him as we find His wisdom.
Aim: To help them know how to find God’s wisdom for living.
Life ?: How do we find God’s wisdom?
There are many proverbs that sound like they come from the Bible but they do not. Someone has said if you don’t know who said a proverb just contribute it to Ben Franklin for he had many proverbs to live by. So, let me give a test this morning. Which of these proverbs come from the Bible and which come from Ben Franklin.
Plow deep while sluggards sleep. (Franklin)
The sluggard does not plow in autumn. (Bible)
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty. (Bible)
He that riseth late must trot all day. (F)
God helps those who help themselves (F)
He who mocks the poor insults his Maker. (B)
Wisdom is big business today. Every newspaper and magazine will have an advice column. They offer practical advice on everything from how to apply eye shadow to investments. TV shows like Dr. Phil and Oprah are capitalizing on peoples desire to know how to deal successfully with life. That’s the goal of wisdom. Dr. Phil has five #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books have been published in 37 languages and have sold 22 million copies. His one-hour TV show had the highest ratings of any new syndicated talk show since the launch of The Oprah Winfrey Show 16 years prior.
People are hungry for wisdom. The good news is God desires for us to know true wisdom. He even collected a whole book of proverbs for us to have easy access to His wisdom. The first verses of chapter one make clear what is necessary for us to find true wisdom.
What is biblical wisdom? The simplest definition is “the ability or skill to properly use knowledge.” A wise person can make the best decision out of the present situation. It is used in Exodus 28:3 in regards to a weaver skillfully making the High Priest’s garment out of cloth. For example, a woodcarver whose knowledge of wood leads him to choose whether to use the wood to make a statue or a toothpick exhibits wisdom. A wise man knows whether he should speak up or be silent, love or discipline, or show mercy or justice in any given situation. With the knowledge he has he can make the best choice out of the circumstance. Biblical wisdom adds another dimension. Biblical wisdom makes the ethical choice that is most pleasing to God. It may not be politically worldly-wise, but it is in harmony with God’s character.
So let’s put that together for a biblical definition of wisdom. Biblical wisdom is the skill to use knowledge so you can follow God’s design and avoid moral pitfalls.
The main message of the Bible is how people who are alienated from God can be reconciled. The main message of the Bible is how to be saved. What does it matter if a man should gain the whole world but lose his soul? How to be saved is the main issue to answer for a human being. But the Bible also wants the saved to know how to live the best of all possible lives that please God. That takes wisdom. To live a life that is the best of all possible lives and please God, you must have wisdom. This month we want to spend some time in Proverbs.