Do you think you are wise?
You might answer this question modestly by saying that you are not really wise, but that you don’t consider yourself stupid, either.
That being the case, just how did you attain the wisdom that you do possess?
From your many experiences in life?
From parents’ guidance?
From those you admire?
At this point, I must clarify that all true wisdom comes from God, wherever it is found.
Proverbs 4:7 says,
"The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding."
Can we just walk into a store and ask, "I’d like to buy wisdom, please. What aisle is it on?"
It’s not that easy if it’s genuine wisdom from God that we are looking for.
The problem is, the world’s "wisdom" is being advertised for sale at a very lucrative price.
Visit any major bookstore, and false wisdom is being sold page by page.
Advertisements on television and online beckon our eyes for enlightenment, yet once we recieve it, an issue exists–it isn’t really real, and when we need wisdom most, our counterfeit version will fail us.
I took this photo at a nearby town that I visit frequently. Doesn’t it look inviting? Just imagine a warm day, walking down the sleepy main street of a country town and just deciding to step inside the general store for soda or an ice cream cone–maybe even a friendly game of checkers. Nice, isn’t it?
But what if we changed the scenario a bit to go like this: imagine a warm day, walking down the sleepy main street of a country town and just before you reach the open general store, a man up ahead of you collapses on the side walk. In a panic, you dash past the rocking chair, run around the checkers on the barrel and call for help from the clerk.
Someone would be there, right? Much needed help would surely be moments away…IF it was really a store.
The photo does seem inviting to me, yet I know the truth. I understand.
I will never be able to walk inside the store and order an ice cold soda or plead for help for a man in need, lying on the pavement.
Because I cannot walk into a hand crafted model of a general store, sitting in a display window with other items for sale.
It looks good, but it isn’t real.
Examine closely what is presented to you as wisdom.
Ask God to give you discernment about its authenticity.
Compare it to His written word, the Bible, and note any conflicts.
Remember—if it’s really wisdom, it will be from God.