KNOWLEDGE - UNDERSTANDING - INSTRUCTION
This series of messages in Proverbs is geared to teach us about being wise in the age of distraction in which we live. There is one way to gain wisdom successfully over the long haul: we must develop WISDOM.
For the next few months, we will focus on ways that we can apply God’s wisdom to di erent areas of our lives—our spiritual lives, our jobs, our technology, our friendships, our nances, and so on. We will need a good reference book for our study.
The secular culture is ‘concerned with science and facts, while moral communities—church- es—talk about morality. But without nding and growing in wisdom, we will make messes out of our lives.
We live in a pluralistic society, in which people inevitably ght about morality: the di erent moral sensibilities we have about what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong. However, although ancient societies commonly held a consensus about morality, they hardly address most of the situations that we face today.
Whatever we think the ancient rules are, a vast majority of situations that we face are not covered by these rules. If we intend to make it through life without making an absolute mess of it, we need something that we hardly talk about today:WISDOM.
The secular culture is concerned with science and facts, while moral communities—churches—talk about morality. But without nding and growing in wisdom, we will make messes out of our lives. The best place to seek out wisdom is the book of Proverbs, which we will be studying throughout the summer and beyond.
We should approach the book of Proverbs with the realization that God is giving us insight into what life looks like when we fully surrender our lives to Him. Every verse invites us to re-orient our entire lives around God. Proverbs provides us with a picture of God’s reality, and and a guide toward the wisdom we so desperately need.
By Bill Berger