Just hearing the word wisdom creates a yearning to be wise, a desire to have a deep understanding, keen discernment and sound judgment of the events of our lives. This yearning or desire for wisdom has been a part of humankind since the Garden of Eden. Satan enticed Eve to eat the apple from the Tree of Knowledge. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, left us with the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes on the topic of wisdom and life’s meaning. Today there are numerous graduate programs at universities around the world, certifications of every sort and experts on almost every topic. Yet millions continue to pursue greater knowledge and the meaning of life. Or some give up their search for life’s meaning in despair sometimes taking the life of others with them as we witnessed in the Virginia Tech massacre earlier this week.
The central theme in Ecclesiastes concludes that human wisdom, apart from God, is in vanity or emptiness and that the ultimate meaning of life is found only in a right and personal relationship with God.
In Proverbs, wisdom is personified as a woman. King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 4:6-9, “Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” Then in Proverbs 4:23, he further instructs us to “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
It is through our HEARTs that we find the pathway to wisdom. As we turn our spiritual EAR to God out of a heart filled with Humility and Trust we will find spiritual wisdom. Humility allows us to lay down our personal pride, our EGO so that our spiritual EARs are open to hearing the Holy Spirit. Humility is necessary if we are to hear the voice of our Lord. God will not force himself past our pride and self-reliant natures. We must clear the way for him.
However, Humility alone is not enough. We must also surround our spiritual EAR with a willingness to Trust the leading of the Holy Spirit even when we may not always understand in our humanness. If we do not Trust, then we truly have not heard the spiritual wisdom God departs to us. It is only in Trust that we find our right relationship with God.
The more Humble we become, then the more open our spiritual EAR is. The more we Trust what we spiritually hEAR, then the more we understand that life’s meaning is in direct proportion to our right HEART relationship with God.
And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14. NKJV
Written by © Marilyn Hoeth, April 21, 2007
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