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The Moment Matthew gains Wisdom
The moment Matthew gains Wisdom

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Continuing our look into the ‘book of Wisdom’, most of Chapter 6 we can ignore. It is written for Kings and Queens and Rulers of Nations, not regular people. So we can leave most of the chapter for the Royal Families, Presidents and Prime Ministers to worry about.

Wisdom in Proverbs is described as an Anthropomorphic Personification. We have a very similar shorter description of Wisdom in the Book of Wisdom. So what is Wisdom? Wisdom is the ability to consistently make good choices.- Think about that for a minute.

Like 99% of people on the planet - I am a confirmed Chocoholic. The advice my son gave my husband when he married me was - when she gets mad at you, stand 10 ft away and throw chocolate. But if you eat too much chocolate it can trigger headaches, and will lead to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and possibly a heart attack.

You reap what you sow.- Galatians 6:7.

If you are making bad choices you will eventually see bad consequences, if you make good choices you will eventually see good consequences. I limit myself to 1 chocolate or Chocolate covered biscuit a day and give it up every year for lent. It is a treat NOT a food group.

There is a word for being able to make the right decision every time. The word is wisdom.

The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise. - Oxford Dictionary.

So a wise person is one who knows what is true and right and then is able to make the right decision. Wisdom should not be confused with knowledge or common sense. Knowledge you can pick up in a book, taking a class, watching Dr. Phil. Wisdom has very little to do with how smart you are, or what kind of grades you get in school, or what kind of job you have. Some of the smartest people make the dumbest choices because they lack wisdom. My husband has an IQ that puts him in the realm of being a genius. He is a brilliant programmer and has little common sense and even less wisdom. Kind of like the man portrayed in the movie ‘Beautiful Mind’, and if you are watching “The Chosen”, absolutely like Matthew before he met Jesus. We probably all know smart people who made bad choices. Company CEO’s, presidents, even pastors.

But for those thinking that I am devaluing education, - the right knowledge will help you gain wisdom and all true knowledge has value. But God is the ultimate source of all wisdom. I leave you with a verse from our reading today:

The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her. - Wisdom 6:17