Proverbial Wisdom

Proverbs 1:1-7

“​1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 For learning about wisdom and instruction,
for understanding words of insight,
3 for gaining instruction in wise dealing,
righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to teach shrewdness to the simple,
knowledge and prudence to the young—
5 let the wise also hear and gain in learning,
and the discerning acquire skill,
6 to understand a proverb and a figure,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.”   NRSV

Information is about “who.” Knowledge is about  “what.” Wisdom is about “why.” Following Jesus begins with accepting who Jesus is. It then progresses to what Jesus expects from those who choose to follow him. Then, it should progress to why it matters to us and the world that we follow Jesus. It is the movement beyond unquestioning obedience to my way is the only way to follow Jesus to a deeper understanding of why God sent Jesus into the world and why we should care?

Knowledge wants to rig the system in our personal favor. Knowledge wants to prove how its way of following Jesus is the right way and everyone else’s is the wrong way. Knowledge uses fear to justify its judgments. It delights in playing both judge and jury for all who dare question knowledge’s rightness.

Wisdom will have none of that. She plays no games and passes no judgment. She is information and knowledge’s higher purpose. She is focused on God’s justice and righteousness, not on anyone’s “rightness.” Wisdom simply reminds us that to attain her, we must risk all for God . . . and then she reveals the why its all worth the risk!

That’s the final leg of the journey of faith.

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