November 6 was our first regular meeting of the school year and there were twenty-three of us that gathered to learn about wisdom. What is wisdom? We learned that wisdom comes from God (Job 28:20-28) and that there are many benefits of applying wisdom in our lives (Prov. 3:13, Prov. 5:1-6, Prov. 8:11, and many more!).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Prov. 8:10)
Why is the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom? It is because all true wisdom comes from the Lord—no other source—and we need to know Him in order to be wise. A fear of the Lord comes from a deep love and respect for God, as well as an understanding of the consequences of disobeying Him. Fearing the Lord is knowing and taking seriously the fact that we will one day stand before our holy and just Creator and give account to Him.
Wisdom is seeing things from God’s perspective rather than from an earthly viewpoint. This perspective enables us to have an entirely different attitude toward people, difficult situations, and each area of life. In order to see situations the way God looks at them, we must stop looking at ourselves and our desires and realize that God sees a much bigger picture.
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” (Prov. 13:20)
We read the story of King Rehoboam (1 Kings 12) who was the son of the wisest man who ever lived, yet he made a foolish decision because he listened to his friends rather than the wise elders that cost him the kingdom. This illustrates the important principle of choosing wise friends because the people that we choose to spend time with will have a tremendous influence on our lives.
We talked about the wisdom of the world vs. God’s wisdom. The world has absolutely nothing to offer when compared with the wisdom of God.
Colossians 4:5 tells us that we are called to walk in wisdom. To do this, we need to escape the thinking of the world and apply God’s ways and truth in every area of our lives, even if that means we will need to stand alone. As Matthew 7:24-27 illustrates, those who are wise will follow God’s wisdom by obeying His commandments
As Christians, we should desire wisdom. We should want it enough to be seeking after it. People enjoy searching for things like hidden treasure, ancient ruins, or scientific discoveries. In the same way, God wants us to cry out for wisdom and seek for it as if we were searching for hidden treasures. Colossians 2:2-3 tells us that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. That means that as we seek after Christ, we will be seeking after wisdom.
The Bible stresses repeatedly that wisdom is valuable and something that we should be diligently seeking after. There are many sources that claim to have human “wisdom”, but only God has ultimate, unchanging wisdom. We need to be careful about who we are listening to and what we are believing. There are so many foolish young people in our generation; as we seek to apply God’s wisdom in our lives we will stand out and be shining brightly for Christ.
For our activity we did a treasure hunt to remind us how we should be diligently seeking after wisdom. Unfortunately, I made the treasure hunt too long and we ended our meeting almost 20 minutes later than usual. The treasure was found by Hannah’s group — dark chocolate kisses and a paper with verses about the value of wisdom. It was a lot of fun to watch the four teams race against each other and try to solve the riddles to find the treasure.
Congratulations to Hannah’s team for winning! May all of you girls seek after God’s wisdom as diligently and eagerly as you did during the treasure hunt!