One of the main themes in the book of Proverbs is wisdom. Wisdom is very important in just about anything that pertains to life and godliness. Wisdom is important in any type of situation or relationship. The wisdom that the world gives is meaningless. True wisdom comes forth from the Creator of the universe.
As believers in Christ we need such wisdom to live a life that pleases the Lord in all aspects. Wisdom involves everything in the ordinary life. For instance our daily behavior, conduct, and speech should all reflect this type of wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7a). When we fear the Lord, we put our faith and trust in him. These are the basic and most important fundamentals of the Christian life. These basic principles define who we are in Christ.
Wisdom is choosing between good and evil. Wisdom comes in handy in all ages and genders. Wisdom is very important in adults whom are struggling in their marriages to the youth in their inexperience and as they go about making daily decisions in life. The old and the wise can also benefit and grow more in this heavenly wisdom. Wisdom is selecting the narrow path that leads to salvation rather than the wider path that everyone takes which ultimately leads to death.
Wisdom is choosing to accept Jesus as Lord and savior of our lives and entrusting him with our souls. When God is the center and takes control, he provides the wisdom to succeed. Success will come first in a relationship with God though his son Jesus Christ and then in relationships with others that are bound by peace, joy, and love.
One can see that in Proverbs, wisdom is personified as a woman who calls out all people. “To you O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools learn sense” (Proverbs 8:4-5). In a way wisdom is a decision that everyone has to make. God knocks at the door of our hearts and invites us into his everlasting life. Now only if we are wise enough we will listen to the sound of his voice calling.
Psalm 19:7b says “The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” When it comes to wisdom the best role model we have is Jesus. Jesus was not just a teacher but a great leader as well due to his incomparable wisdom. Jesus upon being questioned always answered back with a more impressive question or parable that really tested the knowledge of all people even the religious Pharisees. We can all learn from Jesus’ wisdom and knowledge.
Wisdom plays a big role in counseling. Not just the counselor but the counselee as well. Both parties can benefit in a physical and spiritual way. The one who counsels has to be directed by God through the Holy Spirit. Such process involves wisdom. Apart from the Holy Spirit we cannot counsel people or even ourselves in such a way that points us back to God and his kingdom.
A secular counselor will help people by providing a step by step program that only focuses on the external behavior. Eventually when that plan doesn’t work people will be empty once again and it won’t be long before they come and seek help once more, the process repeats itself all over again. Man’s actions and conduct goes way deeper than his external appearance. It’s a heart issue that requires more than just what is common.
A counselor that provides help through a biblical standpoint will have a more dramatic impact in a person’s life. Today man is characterized by his power and influence. A wrong view of man has a big effect in a person’s thinking.
The only way we can show people who they are and why they are here is by providing a biblical answer to their problems, struggles, and afflictions. “Lasting change begins when our identity, purpose, and sense of direction are defined by God’s story “(Paul Tripp).
So how can we point people back top God? Only by His true wisdom and dependence upon the Holy Spirit to move in us and through us we can point people back to him. “We are all instruments in the Redeemer’s hands. We are all people in a need of change helping other people in need of change” (Paul Tripp).
Only by divine wisdom we are able to live a life that both honors and pleases the ultimate source and author of salvation.