Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 10:13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning…
Proverbs 5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight.
Men understand the concept of buddies. Women have friends; men have buddies. The difference is simply in how they share intimacy.
- Friends sit down and have a heart to heart talk: buddies share a recreational moment and wrestle each other with their words.
- Friends consider their words carefully so they have the greatest impact with the least amount of pain: buddies expect pain.
- Friends would never throw jabs: buddies throw jabs, hooks, and uppercuts.
I’m glad I have buddies. They challenge me. They sharpen me. They teach me lessons I must learn so I become better. They are not afraid of a fight that they know will result in growth.
It may seem shallow to those who have friends with whom they can have heart to heart talks, but I guarantee you the intimacy level of a buddy’s confrontation is no less significant. We need each other. We would not be the men we are today if it were not for incredible buddies who spoke the truth in love.
Wisdom has buddies – four of them. They form a band of brothers that are inseparable. They challenge each other. They sharpen each other. They bring out the best in each other. Before I introduce you to them, let’s review our working definition of wisdom from yesterday.
Wisdom is the ability to assess a situation accurately and develop a workable plan to accomplish a desired goal.
Here are wisdom’s buddies:
- Knowledge – Wisdom would have no foundation if not for his buddy knowledge. Knowledge of God is essential to the ability to accurately assess any situation in life.
- Understanding – Wisdom must have understanding or the only thing available to us are facts. Understanding brings an emotional connection to the facts as well as the ability to assess any situation.
- Discernment – Wisdom needs discernment, or the wrong facts would be applied to the wrong situations. When facts and emotions are buddied up with discernment, then wisdom is able to develop a workable
- Insight – Wisdom’s plans have no outcomes of real value if they are developed without insight. Insight is essential to the eternal worth of the desired
If we were to remove any one of these buddies from this band of brothers, wisdom would cease to function. It is possible we are not considered as wise people because one of the buddies has been eliminated from the brotherhood in our lives. We must ask ourselves these heart-searching questions:
- Is my knowledge of the Holy One growing every day so that His Presence captivates my heart?
- Is my mind being transformed every day so that I understand the connection between the knowledge of God and the situations of life? Am I seeking to turn the facts into workable principles for life?
- Am I prayerfully discerning the truth of the situations in which I am involved, seeking to develop a workable plan that accurately applies the principles I understand to be true?
- Am I prayerfully considering the long-term spiritual impact of the plan I have developed, seeking God’s insight into His desired purpose?
When wisdom gets together with his four buddies, watch out – they’re going to make noise, and something will probably get broken – the power of the enemy!