The Wise Walk with God! (Proverbs 1:1-7)

Consider that the Bible contains dynamic principles that not only serve to generate knowledge, but are meant to be applied to everyday life. In other words, we don’t just learn how to be a Christian; we are molded in the image of Jesus in order to live out our Christianity on a daily basis (see Romans 8). Therefore, the question that remains: are we are truly walking with God? Are we living the way that God wants us to live? Is our marital life what God wants it to be? Is my work-life honoring God? Do my children see Jesus reflected through me? If not, then adjustments need to be made in order to ensure that we are living a life of wisdom because the wise walk with God!

Throughout the Word there are two Hebrew words that are important. The first is Darth (also  da`ath)  which translates to knowledge (e.g. Proverbs 1:7), and second, chokmah, translates to wisdom with the idea that wisdom is poured into (e.g., Proverbs 9:10). They are two different concepts. In the Old Testament knowledge is associated with having true information or the character associated with having this knowledge. In turn, wisdom is defined by the capacity or ability to apply knowledge (e.g. Exodus 28:3).

In addition, the book of Exodus (e.g. 36:1) also teaches us that wisdom is a word closely associated to capacity as provided by God. Wisdom transforms itself into a special ability (a gift) that allows us to serve and contribute for the Kingdom of God.

We grow in the process of acquiring wisdom (Proverbs 1:1-4)

Becoming wise is first a result of acquiring knowledge. It’s a dynamic process! Wise people never stop learning or studying the Word of God! Think of this process as walking up a flight of stairs. Each step, independent of the other, moves us upwards and becomes a significant and unique part of our forward progress. Therefore, every Bible verse studied or trial overcome serves to help us become wiser. It should be a lifelong process.

People who think that they know it all or refuse to be instructed will never be wise!

The wisdom that comes from God allows us to rise to new dimensions (Proverbs 1:5-6)

A second benefit to learning is that it takes us to new dimensions! The decision to grow spiritually is a declaration that we seek God’s provision.

Have you ever felt intimidated by Bible study? Have you ever felt like you just will never be able to understand? And then a book, Bible study, or a word of wisdom from someone just illuminated your entire sense of understanding? This is what we are seeing here through Proverbs. Our quest for knowledge will eventually make God’s will and wisdom understandable to us. It will take us forward in the practical aspects of the Christian life. We just can’t stop trying.

Let me give you a few examples: We won’t cheat on our spouse out of some misplaced sense of guilt, but will remain faithful because God will teach us that our marriage is sacred. If we live as he wants, our marriages will be heaven on earth! We won’t come to church out of a sense of obligation, but we’ll give praise out of the depth of understanding of what Jesus did for us on the cross. When you really understand how God saved you through the crucifixion, nothing can contain your praise! Simply put, understanding things from God’s point of view will help you in every practical aspect of your life!

We honor God when we walk according to His will (Proverbs 1:7)

Last, we have to evaluate that all knowledge starts with the Creator. Scripture says that the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge (verse 7).

It can be painful to watch how many people spend years trying to get a better job, or to find the perfect spouse, or to progress in life yet fail to grow in their knowledge of God. It’s not enough to pray a few minutes a day and to read your Bible only during church services. We need to fear God, and that begins with acquiring more knowledge of him!

That’s a change that many of us have to commit to. We need to change our spiritual habits. We need to pray more. We need to study the Bible more. We need to be willing to not only learn more, but apply what we are learning every day in every situation. It’s not enough to claim to be a Christian! We must live the Christianity that the Bible tells us to live!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasant experience of undergoing surgery. Although the surgery was a success, recovering has been quite an uncomfortable experience as the swelling subsides and the stitches start to disappear. These types of experiences typify what it’s like being a Christian—the wise walk with God but the process can be painful. But once God finishes his work in us, we’ll be healthier, stronger, and happier!