Wisdom of this World
Briefing: The wisdom of this world is not like the wisdom from God. This makes it easier to seek the right kind of wisdom.
Dispatch (Assignment): Read Proverbs 3:5
On the Street: There is a difference between worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom. As I have studied proverbs and recognized the Biblical principles, I realize why we do some of the things we do. Some of the Biblical principles can be compared to standard practices. We no longer call them Biblical principles, thereby robbing God of the glory that is due Him.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NIV), “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”
You could use this verse to sum up a vast majority of proverbs.
Proverbs 3:31 (HCSB), “Don’t envy a violent man or choose any of his ways.”
Proverbs 28:3 (HCSB), “A destitute leader who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no food.”
Proverbs 10:8 (HCSB), “A wise heart accepts commands, but foolish lips will be destroyed.”
Proverbs 14:16 (HCSB), “A wise man is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool is easily angered and is careless.”
Proverbs 28:5 (HCSB), “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand everything.”
Proverbs 29:3 (HCSB), “A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth.”
Proverbs 9:9-12 (NIV), “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
Proverbs 23:23 (HCSB), “Buy, and do not sell, truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”
Proverbs 24:14 (HCSB), “realize that wisdom is the same for you. If you find it, you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.”
Investigational Resources: Isaiah 1:1-31, 5:21, 29:14-16, 47:10, Jeremiah 8:7-9, Ecclesiastes 8:17, 10:2, Daniel 12:10, Matthew 11:25-27, John 9:39, 1 Corinthians 2:9-14, 3:18-20, Romans 12:2, 2 Peter 1:2-5, Philippians 3:7-10, 1 Corinthians 8:2, Ecclesiastes 7:11-13, 16-25, 1 Chronicles 5:20
Officer Safety Principle: Seek true wisdom, not worldly wisdom.
from The Book of Proverbs Through the Eyes of a Cop
©by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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