“My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.” [Proverbs 3:21-22]
Remember the bracelets, WWJD — what would Jesus do? The answer to the question, of course, is found in the fact that Jesus has become our wisdom. Dissect the Word of God with your head and you’ll have some great head knowledge. Then manipulate it to fit man’s thinking and you’ll have “theology” that creates a false sense of safety and security, but what of wisdom?
Wisdom flows from the heart, the very throne of God, the seat of men’s broken will and the residing place of Jesus Christ. Wisdom is always found “behind the words”, buried in the shadows like the pearl of great price. Only the hungry, desperate and longing to know Him can find it.
Where can one find it? Look behind the smile of child-like faith, of innocence that has been through the fire of purification. Look within the rough, gnarled and knotted trunk of the ancient oak tree—and listen. Grasp, if you can, the beauty of a butterfly and acknowledge that life is not measured by longevity, but by the pleasure it brings to others.
“For the Lord gives wisdom and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright; he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones” [Proverbs 2:6-8].
Further reading: Psalm 107:39-43; Matthew 13:45-46; Colossians 2:1-3; James 3:17