(Proverbs 8:12 KJV) I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
“Wisdom” (2451) is a package deal made up of bundled litmus tests. Wisdom is not some isolated superpower that you could build a comic book on. I doubt if we will ever see a hero called Wisdom Person. Here you see it linked with “prudence” (6195) and “inventions” (discretion NASB) (4209) which are two unpopular qualities today. We might put up with “knowledge” (1847) as long as it doesn’t make us uncomfortable but the other two are, well, prudish.
In the Bible, Christian character is built on the person of Christ. He is infinite and complex. We can try short cuts like saying, “God is love” but then you need to go to I Corinthians 13 and study the multitude of qualities that are involved in love. It has nothing to do with warm fuzzies.
So? We are to seek wisdom. We are to attain wisdom. We will not be able to do that without a little bit of other qualities that demand we change, grow and conform to the image of God.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
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