Consider the Source.
“By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.” – Proverbs 3:19-20 NLT
Whenever you purchase a product, you like to know where it came from. Inexpensive is great, but not if it means poor quality. Lousy workmanship is unacceptable at just about any price. So when it comes to something as important as wisdom, understanding and knowledge, why would we settle for anything less than the best? We regularly accept knock-off knowledge and imitation understanding. We waste our time with worthless wisdom that sounds good at first, but fails to deliver as advertised. There are a steady stream of counterfeit and ersatz options out there from which to choose, but there is only one real source for true wisdom, understanding and knowledge: God! Solomon reminds us over and over again that the wisdom he is talking about is godly wisdom. It finds its source in God. It’s the very same wisdom God used to create the world and establish the universe from one end to the other. We’re talking unexplainable, unfathomable, inexhaustible wisdom here. This isn’t some cheap, imitation wisdom, manufactured in some seedy warehouse and offered at half the cost. It is the real deal. It is life-changing, soul-refreshing, guidance-giving, joy-producing, heart-stirring, health-giving wisdom that comes from the very throne of God. The very one who created life gives us the ability to live life – to its fullest. Every other source of wisdom is unreliable. If it’s not from God, it’s counterfeit and counter-productive. Which is why Solomon reminds us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT). Do you need wisdom? Consider the source. Turn to God.
Father, only You can provide the wisdom, understanding and knowledge we need for life. Forgive me for the many times I turn elsewhere. Don’t let me settle for cheap, imitation knock-offs. I want Your wisdom. I need Your wisdom. Nothing less will do. Amen
Grow Pastor & Minister to Men