Though teenagers seem to think the contrary. We become wise by observing and experiencing life. Experiences shape us. Living out God’s truth day-to-day, in the practical here-and-now, is true wisdom.
Where can we learn about becoming wise? There are 5 Old Testament Books known as the ‘Wisdom Books’. They teach us how to be wise in the big areas of life.
Proverbs— teaches about Practical Discernment:
Proverbs 1:8-9 / “My child, listen to your father’s teaching and do not forget your mother’s advice. Their teaching will be like flowers in your hair or a necklace around your neck.” (NCV)
Proverbs 1:20-23 / “Wisdom is like a woman shouting in the street; she raises her voice in the city squares. She cries out in the noisy street and shouts at the city gates: “You fools, how long will you be foolish? How long will you make fun of wisdom and hate knowledge? If only you had listened when I corrected you, I would have told you what’s in my heart; I would have told you what I am thinking.”” (NCV)
Proverbs 2:2-7 / “Listen carefully to wisdom; set your mind on understanding. Cry out for wisdom, and beg for understanding. Search for it like hidden treasure. Then you will understand respect for the Lord, and you will find that you know God. Only the Lord gives wisdom; he gives knowledge and understanding. He stores up wisdom for those who are honest. Like a shield he protects the innocent.” (NCV)
Ecclesiastes— teaches about Ultimate Suffering
Ecclesiastes 2:13-14 / “I saw that being wise is certainly better than being foolish, just as light is better than darkness. Wise people see where they are going, but fools walk around in the dark. Yet I saw that both wise and foolish people end the same way.” (NCV)
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 / “The Teacher was very wise and taught the people what he knew. He carefully thought about, studied, and set in order many wise teachings. the Teacher looked for just the right words to write what is dependable and true. Words from wise people are like sharp sticks used to guide animals. They are like nails that have been driven firmly. Altogether they are wise teachings that come from one Shepherd. So be careful, my son, about other teachings. People are always writing books, and too much study will make you tired. Now, everything has been heard, so I give my final advice: Honor God and obey his commands, because this is all people do. God will judge everything, even what is done in secret, the good and evil.” (NCV)
Job— teachings about Personal Suffering
Job 1:8-12 / “Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? No one else on this earth is like him. He is an honest and innocent man, honoring God and staying away from evil.” But Satan answered the Lord, “Job honors God for a good reason. You have put a wall around him, his family, and everything he owns. You have blessed the things he has done. His flocks and herds are so large they almost cover the land. But reach out your hand and destroy everything he has, and he will curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “All right, then. Everything Job has is in your power, but you must not touch Job himself.” (NCV)
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Job’s character was firmly in place. Job 1:6-12
-The Sovereignty of God-
God has a right to rule! The most loving thing He can do is promote Himself.
-Bringing Comfort To The Suffering-
“miserable comforters” ”how then will you comfort me with empty nothings?” Job 42:1-6
-The Character of God-
God is Patient, God is our Redeemer Job 19:25-26
Song of Solomon— teaches about Romantic Love
Psalms— teaches about Relating to God
Psalm 25:4-5 / “Lord, tell me your ways. Show me how to live. Guide me in your truth, and teach me, my God, my savior. I trust you all day long.” (NCV)
Wisdom is a gift from God, but remember, even the wisest man alive made what could be seen as dumb choices. Just because you have wisdom doesn’t mean you shouldn’t rely on God’s wisdom and have faith in him.