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Wise Living Chapter 2 WISE LIVING Would others identify wisdom as one of your gifts? How does it show? We need wisdom to understand who we are, what we are, and where we are going. Wisdom that leads us to fear, love, and follow God is essential if we are to live “life at its best.” With God’s wisdom, we know Whose we are. Proverbs 3:7 warns us: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” Without wisdom, life becomes disjointed, lacking direction and purpose. Proverbs 4:11 promises, “I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.” With wisdom, we are able to understand reality and live a prudent life. With wisdom, we are motivated to make necessary changes in life. Life is like a puzzle. Wisdom enables us to fit the pieces together. God has made the wisdom to live life skillfully available to all believers. We live a life that is very complex, full of pressures, burdens, and traps. No wonder Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:13-14, “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” Proverbs 9:10a points out, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” We are called to revere and respect God and to acknowledge God for Who He is. True wisdom begins when we submit ourselves to His will. Bill Gothard said, “Wisdom is seeing things from God’s perspective.” Only when we see things from God’s perspective will they make sense. We receive wisdom as a gift from God. “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). We read in 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 that this gift of God’s wisdom is received through the Holy Spirit. But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit Who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 23
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Life at its Best God gives us wisdom, and, along with it, the freedom to choose between His wisdom or that of the world. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace- loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness (James 3:13-18).
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