Wisdom in a Foolish World

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I would like to say what an honor it is to be guest blogging on GroovyChristianso thank you, Chris. Like many of you who may be reading this, I am a husband, a father, and a follower of Jesus Christ. One duty—my main duty—is to shepherd my family (1 Tim. 3:5). As men of God, we are called to a very profound ministry to not only our wives, but also our children: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). They need knowledge and they need wisdom. If your children are anything like mine, they need wisdom in this foolish world. They are nonetheless a gift from God (Psalm 127:3) and need training.

During our family bible study the other evening, we were going through Proverbs 2. The verses that we focused on were 1-5:

My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.

Words that stuck out most were attentive, call out, and seek. Then God says, “then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Remarkable, I thought. But what does it mean to be attentive? What does it look like to call out? How does seeking God play out?

Attentive

An example of being attentive is found in the gospel of Mark where Jesus replied to his people saying, “See that no one leads you astray.” (Mark 13:5) In other words, Jesus says, “Don’t be deceived.” Not everyone has the truth—only God does and those who follow Him will speak His words. John warns us that many people in the world deceive us about Christ (2 John 1:7), so be careful with whom you receive your teaching. Be a Berean as in Acts 17:11 and test all things against scripture to see if things “are so.”

Call Out

Remind your children to call out. “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13) Consistently remind your children to be in prayer and “call on the name of the Lord for salvation.” This practice will show much fruit and teach them to lean on God. “For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.” (Psalm 72:12)

Seek

Lastly have them seek. In any circumstance your children should know to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) Tomorrow’s mystery will not be a worry if they trust God and be delivered from the foolishness of this world in this present evil age. (1 Cor. 1:20, Gal. 1:4)

Understanding wisdom and the knowledge of God is all about where and in whom it is to be found. Who has claim on these things? His name is Jesus Christ.

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.

Col. 2:1-4

Take notice of the part that says “to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of Gods mystery, which is Christ, in whom are HIDDEN ALL THE TREASURES OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE.” This is it! The key to receiving wisdom and knowledge is Christ. It’s believing in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Therefore preach Christ to your kids. Tell them He died for sinners. Remind them they broke Gods law and if they repent, they shall be saved! This is true wisdom, this is true knowledge, and the only way to get it is to be attentive to Christ, call out to Christ, and to seek after Christ. Otherwise the same proverb has a warning: for the upright will inhabit the land (i.e. inherit eternal life) and those with integrity will remain in it, but the wicked will be cut off from the land (i.e. will not inherit eternal life) and the treacherous will be rooted out.

Remember this—train your children in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart! Don’t let your kids depart! Trust in Gods word. It is trustworthy. 

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

1 Thes 2:13

Soli Deo Gloria


Image courtesy of smilla4.

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