GROWING IN WISDOM

SERIES: Balancing Act

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Journey Church

 

  • Wisdom – GK: “Sophia” – wisdom, prudence, discretion, the capacity to think and ACT wisely
    • Earlier in Luke 2 – Jesus is hanging out in the Temple: 46 Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. – Luke 2:46-47 (782)
    • Matthew 13:54 (745) / Mark 6:2 (765) / “Where did He get all this wisdom?”
    • Luke 21:15 (804) / “I will give you the right words and such wisdom…”
  • Wisdom theme in the Epistles / 1 Corinthians 1-3 / foolishness of the world vs. God’s wisdom

 

When you think biblical wisdom, and growing in wisdom, you think Proverbs…

Luke – Jesus grew in wisdom. Proverbs often compare the actions or attitudes of fools to the actions and attitudes of the wise.

  • Not: Intelligent vs. unintelligent / Educated vs. uneducated / Sane vs. insane
  • Fool = The person who knows that the path they are on is leading to bad consequences and that there will be a price to pay – and keeps going anyway.
  • Wise = Understands that the decisions and actions they take today will impact the rest of their life. They make decisions in light of the big picture.

 

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. – Psalm 90:12 (456)

 

TEXT: Proverbs 4:5-9 (483)

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.” (NIV)

 

TWO KEY IDEAS:

  1. Wisdom must be pursued.
  • Get wisdom – get understanding – do not forsake wisdom
  • Though it cost you all you have, get understanding
  • There is a price to pay in getting wisdom (there is also a price to pay for living foolishly)

 

Foolishness will always cost you something. Wisdom will always pay you back.

  • Are you a person who pursues wisdom?
  • Solomon: Whatever you have to do, whatever price you have to pay, whatever it costs you – get wisdom. It’s worth it.

 

  1. God’s wisdom, applied daily, will pay off big time.
  • Like many things in life wisdom pays compound interest.

 

How does pursuing and applying wisdom pay off?

 

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.” (NIV)

  • When you went down a foolish path (you knew it, people around you knew it, even warned you) – what kind of words would you use to describe that time in your life?
    • Probably not pleasant or peaceful. You didn’t feel protected or watched over. You weren’t being exalted or honored.
  • When you chose the path of wisdom, how would you describe that time?

 

Jesus grew in wisdom – Are you pursuing wisdom? (How?)

  • Relationships / Walkwith the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. – Proverbs 13:20 (490)
  • Use of time
  • Begins with the fear of the Lord / Ask / If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. – James 1:5 (930)

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