Wisdom is not the same as knowledge. I can know how to light a match. That’s knowledge. Knowing when not to light it is wisdom. Not wise to light a match when there is a gas leak. Sounds reasonable to have that wisdom, but too many seem to run from it.
Does it seem that we tend to reject wisdom in most areas of our life? That though we know that we should follow it that we go down the wrong path? We need to be constantly reminded to follow the right path.
Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: (NIV)
Everywhere, wisdom is in our ear and in our vision. If we would only listen…. It makes me think of people travelling down a road with beauty all around them. The birds are flying around and singing while a gentle breeze blows. Cutting through this peaceful journey a loud voice. It is warning all the travelers of danger ahead. “There is a man-eating lion hiding in the rocks ahead. It has already taken three men and is on the prowl again. Travelers’ be warned. Turn back. Take a weapon if you need to continue.” The herald is standing beside the road and keeps repeating the warning. Over and over. Most of the travelers just ignore him. You would think that he wasn’t even there. Others scoff at him and make fun of him. They all continue on their way — lion or no lion.
“How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you. (NIV)
How long will we stay content in our foolishness? How long will we spurn the wisdom right in front of us? Whenever we heed the call of wisdom, we have such blessings that pour out upon that they cannot be described. It might not be monetary, it might not be the way of fame, but it will be blessings that are beyond our imagination. The travelers continue, ignoring the knowledge that was imparted to them, not realizing that following the words would ensure safety.
I remember my mother noting that one day I’d know that she knew what she was talking about. That day has come, but when I was younger, I spurned her wisdom. Didn’t like being told what to do. That’s what most of do. We run from wisdom because we feel restricted.
It’s Not Restriction
Wisdom is not restricting you from lighting that match. It guides on when to do it to remain safe. Because it that, it gives you strength and power. You can go beyond that moment.
When we don’t want to do something, we see it as restrictive. We refuse to see the positive side of it. Like the masks during COVID. Too many people see it as restricting their rights instead of looking at the wisdom of using masks at the right time.
Make it Personal
I highly advise keeping a notebook. Use it to write your thoughts on things you read and experience. Like a journal. Instead of just reading a Bible verse, note how it can apply to you.
In your notebook, write down all the times you can remember rashly ignoring the warnings given to you. Are there many of them? Did you learn your lesson from these experiences? What happened when you did?
Remember that you are not being restricted. You are being given strength and power.