Sunday, April 20, 2008

What is True Wisdom?

Lynn’s Definition:
(these are my notes that I used to teach the women at my church)
Knowing that there is someone who is transcendent over me, who is the sovereign ruler of all deserving the whole earth’s allegiance; I look to Him for my very subsistence, my happiness, my sustaining grace and bow before Him who is the only one worthy of worship.


1. The quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
2. Scholarly knowledge or learning: the wisdom of the schools.
3. Wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
4. A wise act or saying.

What is Truth?  That which conforms to all of reality.   Truth is what we are to seek above all else-John 14:6  Jesus said He was the truth.  He encompasses all of reality, He is the metaphysical reality.  He is our 
ultimate question. 

False Views:
  • -Relativism; (is basically childish, and never gives you the outward focus that produces unselfishness.)  Truth is whatever you want it to be.
  • -Pragmatism; not external reality; it is what ever I think is right at the present time.  Truth is what works.
  • -Empiricism; can’t always be trusted.  Epistemology tells us we will be lost to things that cannot be. Truth is what we can sense and sensually perceive by our senses, such as justice, goodness, and morality, past and future events.  
  • Truth is what Reason declares, cannot be proven through reason alone.
  • Truth is what ever I feel; Affections.
Truth is:  
  • Truth is what corresponds to reality.  Jesus is reality.  He is the metaphysical reality.
  • -truth is discovered not created
  • -opposite (create reality; selfish, and the definition of insanity).
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.” (1 Corinthians 3:19)
Have you ever thought about the things that you do not know, or the things that you have very little knowledge of? What about those situations that come into your life and you have no answers for? Have you ever sat across from a friend who is having much difficulty in life and said in your heart, “I have no idea what to tell her?”
Each of us have some insights, knowledge and wisdom, but the scope is usually fairly narrow and limited to our sphere of influence and knowledge. We are good at some things, maybe some special interests that we have sought to know more about., and have knowledge in areas that we are interested in, but do we have knowledge about it all? The older we grow the more we have knowledge and experiences that the young are yet to go through. Those experiences allow us to share with those that are young insights and wisdom that they have yet acquired. What we do know and have gained wisdom and foresight we are admonished to share with others. One of the best ways to demonstrate wisdom is to know our limitations.
What is wisdom? The Bible tells us,
“The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7).
Fearing the Lord is more than just reverence awe. It is about knowing our limitations.
“Nothing is perfect except your words. Oh, I how I think about them all day long. They make me wiser than my enemies, because they are my constant guide. They make me even wiser than the aged” (Psalms 119:96-100).
Next time you think you are wise in your eyes, remember, you may be knowledgeable and have some insights in your small world, but compared to total wisdom, you (and I) know little. And even if we added all of our combined wisdom, compared to God’s, it is nothing.
Knowing these realities, how does that change you as a person? How will it affect your week?

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