“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind” (Proverbs 8:1-3 NIV).
There is a great need for wisdom in our world. Wisdom to discern the truth from the lie. Wisdom to choose the right leaders. Wisdom to identify the victim from the assailant. Wisdom to bring order into the chaos that is found in our everyday life. There is a great need for wisdom, indeed.
The Bible tells us that Wisdom cries out to us. She cries out to every member of the human race who would be willing to hear and receive the gifts she offers. The dilemma that we often find ourselves in, is that there are many voices that cry out to us claiming to be wisdom. Many voices that cry out, claiming to have the answers to all of our questions and the ability to bring order from the chaos. So how do we know which wisdom is the true wisdom? For that matter, how do we know that there are not many wisdoms that are equally valid even though they come from different sources?
The wisdom of the Bible claims that she was the craftsman at God’s side during creation (Verse 30). Obviously, the Proverb is metaphorical, but the point is important. This wisdom was not founded by mankind. She is not the result of philosophies or worldviews. She transcends mankind, and as such is free from our finitudes, failures, and corruptions. This wisdom is the source of the very laws that creation obeys in order to exist. This wisdom is the wisdom of reality in which the real world operates. This is a bold claim that would separate this wisdom from any other claim of wisdom in the history of mankind.
The Bible teaches us that true wisdom comes only from God. It is to be found in Jesus.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:30:
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God— that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
True wisdom—this wisdom that cries out to all of mankind and claims to be the only real wisdom—is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption through Jesus, and through Jesus alone. These are the means by which we are to bring order into this world of chaos.
It is only when we use God as the standard that we can discern the truth from the lie. Only with true wisdom can we hope to choose the right leaders. Only with true wisdom can we hope to identify the victim from the assailant. It is only through the holy, righteous, and redemptive power of God that there can be order brought from the chaos that we witness in our everyday lives. There is a great need for wisdom indeed—a great need for the only real wisdom that comes from Jesus Christ alone.
Seeking Jesus and holiness for the sake of ending the violence and chaos in our world may seem like a passive answer, but the truth is that it is the only way to do so. The so-called-wisdoms of men have been the source of chaos in this world. What is needed is not romantic philosophies, but rather the wisdom of God that brings redemption, unity, and justice into the world.
How are you answering Wisdom’s call?
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