Benefits of Wisdom (20): Instruction

Benefits of Wisdom (20): Instruction

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility. – Proverbs 15:33 Another benefit that accrues from wisdom is spelt out in the passage above – it instructs you on how to fear God. Wisdom has been described as the fear of the LORD (read Job 28:28, Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10). And in the passage above, we are further enlightened as to the relationship between wisdom and the fear of God. Whilst wisdom is synonymous with or starts from fearing God, it also teaches how to conduct yourself in terms of relating with Him. At the heart of most personal sins or social injustice, and the calamities arising therefrom, is a disregard for God or an inappropriate sense of reverence for Him. And we know that sins and social injustice have various degrees of consequences. The same way that living right in acknowledgement of the omniscience of God and fear of Him has numerous advantages. Wisdom is, therefore, an effective instructor in achieving this, as it teaches us what to do and how we ought to conduct ourselves in different situations to make the most of life and be a positive influence. Therefore, to live right, think right, do right and be right in the eyes of God, you need wisdom. Not the wisdom

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Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

It takes wisdom for the clever to understand the path they are on, but the fool is deceived by his own foolishness. – Proverbs 14:8 (VOICE) Here is another benefit of wisdom for our meditation – wisdom helps the wise person to examine the course of their lives and ascertain if they are on the right track or not. By virtue of the heightened mental engagement and reasoning that wisdom avails those who possess it, they are able to do an impassionate audit on themselves to determine if they have been living purposefully or not; if they are on the right path toward achieving their set goals or they have deviated, and what they need to do more of, if they are on the right track; or how they can get their lives back on track in the event they have missed it along the way. This advantage is only available to those who court wisdom. The second part of that passage says that a fool is deceived by his own foolishness. That means whilst the wise person is hard on himself in self-evaluation, which usually leads to not-so-sweet resolutions on what to stop doing and which discipline to adopt, a fool who is not capable of such mental rigour does not see anything wrong with himself, and only sweet-talks

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Benefits of Wisdom (18): Commendation

Benefits of Wisdom (18): Commendation

A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised. – Proverbs 12:8 Another benefit of wisdom is the commendation it earns the one who has it. Wisdom attracts acclaim to the person who demonstrates it. Because wisdom is not commonplace, whoever conducts his/her activities by its tenets is easily identified and acknowledged by others, even though such person may not be popular at first. Also, wisdom earns its possessor favours and business patronage, especially if such a person is in a service or advisory business where the offerings are not tangible. The degree of wisdom of the proponent of such a concern distinguishes her business from the rest in the same industry. As wisdom attracts acclaim to the person, so will his business be esteemed in the marketplace, as people will be willing to do business with her. A reference case was King Solomon, who was not just universally acknowledged for his wisdom, but was also sought after by everyone that mattered during that period from all over the world. They all came in droves to be afforded the privilege of his presence and to sample his mental resources; and they didn’t come to him empty-handed. Even when it was obvious to all that none of them was as

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Benefits of Wisdom (17): Maturity

Benefits of Wisdom (17): Maturity

He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace. – Proverbs 11:12 Another benefit that wisdom bestows is maturity. Wisdom confers those who possess it with the mental and emotional balance needed to put things in perspective and to accurately evaluate people, issues, and circumstances. According to our reference passage, a lack of wisdom makes someone despises his/her neighbour, whilst the presence of it makes one peaceable. In other words, it is the absence of wisdom that makes one disagreeable or prone to quarrel. And why that? Because he/she does not have enough mental and emotional resources needed to appreciate the matter at hand or the individual in consideration before relapsing into the offensive – blaming, criticising and fighting them. Such resources are spinoffs of wisdom. One of the indications of wisdom is an agreeable bearing and an ability to get along with most people. Even when the other person is not congenial, the Bible says a wise person will hold his peace and not return fire for fire. Wisdom makes one mature in disposition as well as friendly and pleasant. While those may seem like commonplace attributes, they are not. It takes more energy to go out of one’s way to be pleasant. In fact, being positive requires more mental and

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Benefits of Wisdom (16): Humility

Benefits of Wisdom (16): Humility

When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2 Our reference passage today highlights another unique benefit of wisdom – it makes one humble. Unlike pride which requires little or no effort from anyone, and is a state of being that one can easily relapse into because of life’s acquisitions or privileges, it takes more than a casual exertion of the mind to remain humble when endowed with privileges of life. It takes wisdom to maintain humility in a blessed state or exalted position. Now, some people might have been forced into humility because of their impoverished background or the beatings they might have received in the course of living. But such individuals can easily become prideful when the table turns and they start to enjoy the comforts of life above measure. This is because pride in itself does not require much effort to assume, it naturally comes with the paddings of life. But the humility that is fostered by wisdom is a continual exercise of the human will and reflexes trained by the regime of wisdom. Not that humility comes naturally to the wise; nay, wise people also have their struggles with pride, but they are schooled enough to put a rein on their impulses and put forward a measured restraint in their attitude,

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