…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
(Colossians 2:2-3 NKJV)
In Jesus resides all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. In his earthly ministry Jesus was the embodiment of the wisdom revealed in the bible, including in the book of Proverbs. This book implores its reader to understand that, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7). In its broadest sense this verse encourages us to get, to come to, and be in the embodiment of wisdom: Jesus, the one who is greater than Solomon (Matthew 12:42), and Solomon is the author of many of the proverbs.
Basically, knowledge is the possession of facts; wisdom involves the application of knowledge and understanding (what those facts mean) to real life situations.
Proverbs is a treasure trove of timeless, God centred wisdom and reveals how to live our physical and spiritual lives under God in this world. It gives principles that if followed will guide us to a more successful physical and spiritual life. It often breaks down wisdom into short statements to elucidate and contrast the path of wisdom and the path of folly.
Proverbs gives moral, ethical and spiritual principles dealing with many subjects such as business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol consumption, politics, revenge.
Jesus advised Christians to be realistic about this world, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16). Being as wise as serpents includes understanding how the world works, though not condoning, or participating in its worst aspects. Proverbs reveals some of the world’s ways to be aware of, for example, ‘A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back to pervert the ways of justice.’ (Proverbs 17:23)
Be encouraged to study this book which offers priceless words of life and pearls of wisdom, particularly to young people starting out on life’s spiritual and physical adventures: their career, love life and marriage.
Father we thank you for the wisdom revealed in Jesus. Help us to apply wisdom in our spiritual and physical lives. Amen
Study by Eddie Marsh
About the writer:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.
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