Word To The Wise – ancient wisdom for today’s world
“You think you are so smart!” The need for true wisdom in today’s world is at a premium as every self-declared expert and self-promoter has something to say. Where do we turn for true wisdom?
Our series “Word to the Wise: ancient wisdom for today’s world” takes a look at the wisdom writings of the Bible and identifies applications for us in our everyday lives.
During this series we have taken a look at how we can ask God for wisdom and how true wisdom is more valuable than gold. We saw King Solomon as an example, showing how the wisdom he received from God gained him notoriety and respect across the known world during his day. In the same way we are to be people looking to God for wisdom, direction, and understanding.
Our verse for the series is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
A few weeks back J shared on the topic of wisdom vs. folly. J explained how our actions speak louder than words, and our decisions determine our destiny. As we seek wisdom we do so through our obedience to God. In following His instruction we will stay wise and avoid the folly of fools. J’s final question to us “If you could go back in time: What would you tell you?” reminds us to make wise decisions for today.
Two weeks ago Todd shared on the topic of “Arise, O Sluggard!” His proverb for the week was “Get Things Done or You Will Be Done!” Todd took us through a stream of scriptures showing us how putting forth the effort is wisdom in action. He gave us four points on how to better get things done:
Do hard jobs first
Get up early and resist the snooze button
Be honest about how much you work
Find a healthy balance between work and family life
This week Dave shared a message on Embracing Joy. His proverb for the week was
“Laughter is good for the bones, despair eats you up!” Dave showed us how the joy words of the scriptures echo in bringing strength and life to us. His message centered on the understanding that joy brings health. Dave posed the several questions about joy:
What is your default setting?
What has the past taught you?
What choices are you making now?
What is your hope for the future?
As we embrace joy from God we will see our everyday lives changed.
Our series in Word to the Wise: ancient wisdom for today’s world continues this next week. What is your favorite proverb? How has Godly wisdom changed your world?