Proverbs 8:20-21 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
Scripture gives much place to the importance of walking in wisdom. Far too often, wisdom is only thought of as an intellectual or academic understanding of something, and in one sense, that is true. But godly wisdom is much more than head knowledge. Knowing what God says on any given subject must never be thought of as being equivalent to doing it. King Solomon was described as being a wise man. But due to his failure to apply God’s revealed truth to his life, we are given the book of Ecclesiastes.
Jesus Christ is the wisdom spoken of in Proverbs 8. He is The One in Whom are found ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). We learn from Jesus’ command to “Follow Me” that wisdom is only experienced by applying God’s truth to our lives. I may know that drinking poison is not good for me, but if I drink poison I am going to pay the price of failing to apply godly wisdom. The purpose of Scripture is not meant to produce self-righteous, finger pointing, know-it-alls who are held in high esteem by others, but lowly, poor in spirit souls who understand what Scripture teaches and apply it to their lives. Knowing Scripture IS vitally important, but The Lord Jesus said, “I delight to do Thy will, O God.” (Psalm 40:8)
A heady person places a high value on intellectual knowledge. To know becomes the chief end or goal of life. But knowing apart from application never brings forth the life-changing fruit of The Spirit in our lives. Receiving the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ must never be interpreted to be the totality of the Christian life. To come to Christ is far more than assurance of eternal life; it is the very beginning of eternal life here on earth as it is in heaven. It is bringing the heavenly wisdom of God to bear in every situation and all aspects of life. Saving faith is the wisdom of God applied in our lives. It is by applying the wisdom of God that we grow in grace and the knowledge of God. In other words, it is by applying the wisdom of God in our life that we encounter a deeper intimacy with Jesus Christ that reflects His glory. To represent Jesus in this fallen world comes via Re-presenting His character in our daily lives as we walk in His wisdom and truth. This wisdom is found in the manifested character of Jesus in the lives of His people, not the ability to cleverly debate. The greatest testimony of Jesus Christ is a person whose life has been measurably changed by applying His wisdom. Selah