Wisdom calls out to everyone. She lifts up her voice, calling out loudly, to give instructions and warnings.
The Scriptures teach us that those who are wise, will heed Wisdom’s Call.
But those who are foolish, will refuse her Call.
In the Bible, in the book of Proverbs, we see this Call of Wisdom given in multiple places.
The book of Proverbs urges us many times, and in various ways, to “Get Wisdom!”
Why should we Get Wisdom?
Because Wisdom is the principal thing! Wisdom is the first thing needed in order to grow up, and mature into a responsible person (see Proverbs chapter 4).
The book of Proverbs offers much in the way of insight and understanding, and in how to live according to the blessings of Wisdom. For me personally, it was the book of Proverbs that led to my own awareness of my sinful ways, and the realization of my need for a Saviour. The Proverbs revealed to me the true, ever-lasting Path that leads to Life and well-being (see Proverbs 5 and Psalms 16).
When I first began to read the book of Proverbs, I was thirsting for genuine direction. I was hungering for true and righteous counsel. Unknown to me at the time, I was thirsting for the fountain of Living Waters. And as I began reading the Proverbs, the excellency of the words touched the deepest part of my being — my spirit.
I had already tasted of what the world offers for satisfying Thirsty Souls — the Enemy’s offers through worldly wisdom and systems. I had tasted the world’s offers for direction and satisfaction. Instead of satisfying and answering my needs, the world’s offers were bitter and destructive! (Jeremiah 2:13; 17:13; John 4:10; Revelation 7:17).
But, I wait . . . I do not want to become sidetracked. My point here is to look at heeding Wisdom’s Call.
To see Wisdom’s Call, let’s look in the book of Proverbs:
“Unto you, I am calling. I am calling out to all of you. My voice is to everyone! Hear; for I will speak of excellent things. My mouth shall speak truth. Hearken unto me, all of you, for happy are they that keep my ways!” (Proverbs 8:4; 8:6-7; 8:32 )
“Receive my instruction, and not silver; for wisdom is better than rubies. My reward is better than fine gold. I am a tree of life to them that lay hold upon me. I lead in the way of righteousness. Those who keep sound wisdom and discretion, shall walk safely, and shall not stumble.” (Proverbs 8:10-11; 8:19-20; Proverbs 3:18; 3:21-23 )
“How long, simple, foolish ones, will you love foolishness? How long will you delight in scoffing? Turn at my reproof, and see, I will pour out my spirit unto you and make my words known unto you!” (Proverbs 1:22-23)
As we see in the above passages, Wisdom’s Call offers treasures that are better than any worldly treasures! Wisdom’s treasures are truth, blessings, life, and the spirit of wisdom!
Wise and Discerning
All of us are drawn to wisdom. There is something profound about wisdom. Everyone seems to know instinctively that by wisdom, they will gain direction and proper solutions. And, they know that by wisdom, they will avoid problems and sorrows. That indeed is a treasure!
Some people think the way to gain wisdom is by acquiring knowledge. Knowledge is a good thing, but having knowledge is no guarantee we will have wisdom! Knowledge is not the same as wisdom. There are many well-educated, knowledgeable people who do not have wisdom!
Some people think a person is born with wisdom. We tend to think a person is wise if they seem to be clever, or have a measure of ‘common sense.’ But this is not the case. Wisdom goes deeper than any mental abilities. True wisdom is a gift that comes from God, and it must be sought after, and cultivated (Proverbs 2:6; James 1:5).
If we could describe wisdom, we might say that wisdom is loving and gracious. It is discerning, and has good understanding. It is also humble, and is long-suffering. It is pure and permanent. Wisdom is having spiritual discernment and an understanding heart. Such qualities are rare, and are not due to greater intelligence or knowledge! Wisdom is a quality far beyond man’s own abilities.
So how can we obtain the Treasure of Wisdom?
How can we have a wise, discerning heart, and be of good understanding? How can we “Get Wisdom” ?
Able to Make You Wise
First and foremost, as the Scriptures admonish us over and over, the written Word of God [the Bible] is the only true source of wisdom. It is the only guide that will help us learn how to obtain a wise and understanding heart. Only the written Word of Yahuwah [the LORD] will lead us into knowing how to possess true, Biblical wisdom:
From a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. (2Timothy 3:15)
The entrance of Thy words giveth light [direction, enlightenment]; it [God’s Word] giveth understanding unto the simple. (Psalms 119:130)
Thy word is a lamp [guidance] unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law [Torah] is light; and reproofs (corrections, chastisement) of instruction are the way of life. (Proverbs 6:23)
Let the word of Messiah dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,… (Colossians 3:16a)
As these verses tell us, if we desire to be wise, it is the holy Scriptures, the written Word of God [the Bible], that we need to learn and obey. God’s Word, when obeyed, will give us true wisdom and understanding! It is the written Word of Yahuwah Elohim, the God of Israel, that is able to make us wise!
The above verse in 2Timothy also shows us the GOAL of true, genuine wisdom: salvation, through faith in Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. Any other ‘wisdom’ that does not have this fundamental goal is not true wisdom.
Any other ‘wisdom’ may seem to be attractive or beneficial, but if the ‘wisdom’ we embrace lacks this goal of salvation, then we are in dangerous territory. Furthermore, any ‘wisdom’ that is contrary to the written Word of God — or that ‘takes away from‘ or ‘adds to‘ the written Scriptures — is not wisdom at all, but is a false and foolish notion (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; 1Corinthians 3:19; Isaiah 30:1).
All the Treasures of Wisdom
After we take the first step of wisdom through faith in Messiah Yahushua, we may then go on to grow in the wisdom that is in Messiah. And as a loving Father, Yahuwah begins to gently correct us and chastise us, so that we may grow in our obedience to Messiah’s Words. Our obedience becomes our wisdom, and is visible to all (Deuteronomy 4:5-6).
Many want to have wisdom, but they by-pass wisdom’s requirement of obedience to Messiah’s commandments, including those He gave to Moses.
Maybe some have not yet realized that the WORD of Yahuwah, [who is Messiah Yahushua], is the ONE who gave the commandments to Moses — who also said, “If you love me, keep MY commandments.”
It is the “Wise Virgins” who will know Messiah’s identity as the WORD of Yahuwah, and who will have wisdom — because they obey “His” commandments, including those He gave to Moses.
It is the “Foolish Virgins” who will not know Messiah’s identity as the WORD of Yahuwah. As a result, they will not have wisdom — because they fail to obey “His” commandments, including those He gave to Moses (Matthew 7:23).
The Scriptures tell us in many passages, that wisdom and understanding comes from our obedience to Messiah’s Words. And so if we seek to by-pass obedience to His Words, we will by-pass HIM! And if we by-pass HIM, then we will miss out on “ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!“ (John 1:1, 14; John 15:10; Colossians 2:2-3; 1John 5:3)
How very grievous and tragic it will be on the Day of Judgment, for those who reject the treasures of wisdom that are to be found in obedience to Messiah Yahushua’s Words!
God’s Wisdom Gives Life
Let us therefore remember, that Yahuwah [the LORD] gave us His Word for our good and for our profit (2Timothy 3:16-17). He gave us His Word, not to harm us, but to help us!
The wisdom of obedience to Yahuwah’s Word gives us the abundant Life that Yahushua [Jesus] promised to those who follow Him:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Yahushua] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
As these verses teach us, it is the thief [Satan] who ultimately destroys. But Yahuwah’s Son gives us abundant LIFE. And, as we saw in Let Us Follow On to Know Yahuwah, when we learn and apply the wisdom that comes from Yahuwah, through our obedience to the written Scriptures, then we will avoid the foolishness of “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2Timothy 3:7).
We will also avoid the deception that comes to those who hear and know what the Scriptures say, but do not do [obey] what it says (James 1:22).
If we are firm and unshakeable in our conviction that the written Scriptures show us the way to true wisdom, understanding, and truth, then we can begin to look at the next step that will help us in our journey to obtaining the Treasure of Wisdom.
There are many Bible verses that reveal the way to obtain a wise and discerning heart. For now however, we will focus on one Scripture passage, discussed in previous articles, which is so important that it bears repeating.
The Beginning of Wisdom
If we desire true wisdom, then we must begin at the place where true wisdom begins! Only Yahuwah knows the place of wisdom’s beginnings, and He has told us this place:
The fear of Yahuwah [the LORD] is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth for ever. (Psalms 111:10)
This verse in Psalms reveals to us where the very beginning of wisdom is: the Fear of Yahuwah [the LORD]. No one really comes close to having true wisdom unless they have a measure of the Fear of Yahuwah. So this Fear of Yahuwah is foundational to gaining wisdom. It is the first step, the beginning of wisdom.
We looked in-depth at the Fear of Yahuwah, in Part 4 of Characteristics of the Wise Virgins, so I will only give a brief summary here. If you have not read that article, I encourage you to read it, as it discusses details on practical ways to learn the Fear of Yahuwah [the LORD].
In summary, we learned in Part 4, that the Fear of Yahuwah means to have great fear, along with great reverence, toward Yahuwah, our Creator, our heavenly Father. We learned that when we truly reverence someone, we are on the edge of fearing that person.
Here are two verses that give us practical insights into the Fear of Yahuwah:
Praise ye Yahuwah. Blessed is the man that feareth Yahuwah, that delighteth greatly in His commandments. (Psalms 112:1)
Blessed is every one that feareth Yahuwah; that walketh in His ways. (Psalms 128:1)
As these two verses tell us, the very practical indicator that we are learning the Fear of Yahuwah, is that we have great delight in obeying and keeping His commandments, and we walk in His ways. Those who genuinely desire to obtain true, Biblical wisdom will choose these steps to begin their journey for heeding Wisdom’s Call.
The Treasure of Wisdom
Thirsty Souls thirst and hunger for true, Biblical wisdom. They will choose to obey Yahuwah’s commandments and instructions in His written Word, the Bible. They begin to heed Wisdom’s Call, by adjusting their every-day lifestyle to be obedient to God’s Word.
In essence, Wisdom’s Call is basically God’s Call! (See Psalms 27:8)
Yahuwah is always calling unto us to receieve His guidance and instruction, so that we may enjoy this life He has given us, and walk in His protection. Wisdom from Yahuwah is His gift to us. When we heed Father’s wisdom, then our understanding of His ways is enlightened, making our pathway with Him more sure and evident!
It is an honour to begin walking in Wisdom’s Call. Biblical wisdom offers us the things that only the Holy Spirit teaches! We must recognize therefore, that “the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him… ” (see 1Corinthians 2).
Having the Fear of Yahuwah, showing that we are obeying His written Word, is the only pathway to obtaining true, Biblical wisdom! There is no alternate pathway for obtaining the Treasure of Wisdom!
God’s Wisdom will lead us into the way of Truth, and give us the abundant Life.
If we desire the true, everlasting wisdom from God, then our search must begin at the place where true wisdom begins. We must begin to be teachable and tender-hearted toward learning the Scriptures, so that we can walk in the Fear of Yahuwah.
Listening to Wisdom’s Call, and heeding her Call [as seen throughout the Proverbs], requires a sensitive and humble heart. It requires a strong desire to be found faithful and pleasing to Yahuwah (Isaiah 56:4; Hebrews 11:6). It takes time, effort, and self-discipline, to learn Yahuwah’s Word for ourselves, and begin to obey it.
But do not lose heart, Dear Reader! Father rewards those who diligently seek Him! He rewards every single one of our efforts of faith toward Him, no matter how small!
Walk Worthy of His Calling
Let us therefore learn, by His abundant grace, to have a willingness to discipline ourselves to follow the guidance revealed in the written Scriptures [the Bible]. Let us look carefully into Father’s Word, learning for ourselves, His instructions and His warnings.
Father has done so much for us! He loves us so intensely! He sent His beloved Son to us for our salvation! He loved us first (1John 4:19) — can we not love Him in return?
If we will trust in Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], trust in His Son’s sacrificial death on our behalf, and then obey His Words, we will then begin to find the true, enduring Wisdom of God.
[A good place to begin learning God’s Wisdom is the book of Proverbs.]
Let us walk in a manner worthy of His Calling, with all humility, gentleness, and patience.
And let us be thankful to Father, for any understanding and wisdom that Father imparts to us!
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