Tag Archive | spiritual wisdom

Ecclesiastes 10:1 ” As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.”

It only takes one time…one misstep, one lapse of judgement, one bad decision to overshadow all the good we’ve done.  For when we lack good sense and act foolishly…we are not operating with practical spirituality and prudence, but rather with indiscretion and carelessness.  And to paraphrase Proverbs 18:2, that’s when a fool opens their mouth and inserts their foot.

Job 28:12 ” But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? “

To answer the “where” in both questions above…it’s God who is the source of all wisdom and ability.  And He is more than eager to impart His wisdom and understanding to us when we ask.  For it tells us in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks  wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him.”  Maybe, like me, you’ve at one time been in a training session of difficult material, so you ask a question of clarification only to be rebuked by the leader…makes you not want to ask anymore questions, right?  But God’s not that way…He wants us to ask for discernment and insight when we’re struggling.  And it says that He will not only give it freely but won’t make fun of us for asking.

Matthew 10:16 ” Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

To be a Christian in the world today is to be like a lamb among the wolves.  We’re bombarded by carnality, violence, and deception everywhere we look.  This is why Jesus directed His disciples to go out into the world using practical common sense…and using wisdom to maintain a pure ethical character no matter who or what they encountered.   But nor were they to be gullible and naive in their worldly interactions.  As Believers, we too are called to a Godly influence in the world…but not be influenced and so seduced by it.

Proverbs 1:23 ” If you had responded to My rebuke, I would have poured out My heart to you and made My thoughts known to you.”

The Amplified Bible pens the above Scripture this way, ” If you will turn (repent) and give heed to My reproof, behold, I (Wisdom) will pour out My Spirit upon you.  I will make My words known to you.”  This admonishment then is two-pronged.  First, we must stop and agree with God we’re going down the wrong path.  Now our stubborn carnal nature will usually reject this idea at first…that’s because nobody likes to be told they’re wrong!  But it’s the second part of this Scripture that’s even more important.  For if we do turn back to God, He promises not only a renewed relationship with Him, but an outpouring of His Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding…that we may know Him more intimately.

Isaiah 5:20 ” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Even within my lifetime I’ve seen this huge shift of what we consider right and wrong.  And with the advent of mass media, the Internet, Snap-Chat, YouTube, and Hollywood…we see our societal mores slowly morphing into something our Great-grandparents would be appalled at.  But this blurring of ethical principles and practices didn’t happen overnight…for it relied on man’s pride,  rebellion and apathy to flourish.  So now we sit, so desensitized, we don’t even react anymore to what we know is wrong…but if we do, we’ll likely find ourselves being chastised for being intolerant and narrow-minded.    Job 24:13 warns of this Spiritual blindness…of evildoers who rebel against the light, who don’t know its ways or stay in its path.  I ask Heavenly Father, that we would be enlightened by Your Word, and that You would illuminate our minds with Your truth,  that we may be able to discern right and wrong correctly.  Amen.

Proverbs 13:15 ” Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.”

Another translation states, “but the way of the transgressor will not endure, like barren dry soil.” (Amplified Version)  We will never find favor with God and for that matter, in any work place, when we’re in it only for ourselves.  For when your work ethic is deceptive, and fraudulent…sooner or later you’re gonna get caught!  But when we approach anything we do with cautious wisdom and good common sense…all happiness and success will be ours…for we will not only have God’s favor, but man’s.

Proverbs 17:24 ” A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”

Humans perceive through their senses.  But without good judgment constantly weighing how we feel to what’s morally right…we can easily go astray.  When we allow our feelings to overrule our understanding…we jump from one thing to another with no forethought – no discipline – simply doing what feels good at the moment.  But by having wisdom always in view, we will consider things through eyes of Godly insight and sensibility…not by fickle, momentary feelings.