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The Wise Woman — Ursula Torbett

Christian sisters, is there ever a time that we shouldn’t be wise?  According to Proverbs 4:5-7, we need to get wisdom and understanding because wisdom is primary.  So how do we get wisdom?

Wisdom is sought diligently by those who understand its principles and neglected by those who don’t.  A wise woman builds her home with wisdom, weaving it in and out of the fabric of her life and the lives of her family (Pr. 14:1).  Contrast the foolish woman who destroys her home, tearing away the good, leaving the rubble of confusion and shattered lives.  As God said through Solomon, “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established” (Pr. 24:3).

True wisdom is solidly built on a foundation comprised of learned experiences and godly knowledge.  The wise woman gains her wisdom by being a student of God’s Word and by learning from her mistakes.  She is quite different from the foolish, who are doomed to repeat their mistakes over and over again because they have neglected to learn the valuable lessons that accompany each folly and have failed to pay heed to God’s Word.

Wisdom Isn’t Greatness

Elihu stated that great and aged men are not always wise (Jb. 32:9).  Whenever this is the case, it is because they have not learned godly wisdom; rather, they rely on worldly wisdom.

The truly great things of life often come in the smallest or most humble of packages.  Take our Lord, for example.  Why did so many reject Him?  It was because they were looking for greatness, a king, someone of renowned stature and beauty.  The greatest man to ever walk the earth had no beauty or majesty (Is. 53:2).

Proverbs 30:24-28 gives some wonderful examples of very small and humble creatures that are exceedingly wise.  They don’t have the majesty of the bald eagle or the fierceness of the lion; yet God highlights their great abilities within their humble characteristics.

The ants, though not strong, are busy preparing food in the summer (Pr. 6:6-8).  They are hard workers wisely preparing for the next season.  The Lord honors the hard worker (Pr. 12:11, 24; 13:4; 14:23).

The badgers are feeble, but find shelter and protection in the rocks.  Those who seek wisdom seek the shelter of the Lord (Pr. 27:12; 29:25).

With no king, the locusts advance in ranks.  How many armies can accomplish this feat?  They are unified and of one mind, disciplined and ordered.  Do you wish to be counted among the wise?  Then accept discipline (Pr. 19:20).

Finally, the spider or the lizard (there is some discrepancy here among the commentators; however, we can draw from both.)  The spider spins its webs, using its legs to make a most beautiful and strong work of art.  Its beauty comes from within.  The lizard grasps with its legs to move quickly and with great ease.  They are everywhere, unnoticed, working in silence.

Wisdom comes from God, not man.  We should not be wise in our own eyes; rather, we should fear the Lord and depart from evil (Pr. 3:7).  Those engorged with worldly wisdom live without God.  They choose to live life full of perverted truths and false hopes.

With no king, sin was rampant in Israel.  Every man did that which was right in his own eyes (Judg. 17:6; 21:25).  The wisdom of God addresses those who live their lives this way.  They are pure in their own eyes, yet not washed from their filthiness (Pr. 30:12).  They have deceived themselves.  Their greatness is from within, not from God.

Wise Women Teach Us

The first example that comes to mind is the very familiar parable of the ten virgins (Mt. 25:1-13).  A couple of great lessons really stand out in this account.

The most obvious quality of the five wise women was their preparedness.  Are there ever any guarantees that things will always run smoothly?  Those who prepare wisely face fewer crises than those who don’t.

Secondly, these wise women said, “No,” to the efforts of foolishness.  “No” is such an important and often neglected word.  Some of the problems with neglecting this very small word is that we become overcommitted, which leads to becoming stressed, which in turn results in our behaving in unbecoming ways.  Consequently, those who are closest to us suffer the most.  Even if we’re doing the Lord’s work, we must be careful to not over-extend ourselves.  This does nothing good for those around us and it can even hurt the work of the church.

If our “good” works turn into a laborious task of stresses, we do more harm than good.  We hurt relationships and can ruin our influence with family, friends and the lost.  When our family feels neglected because we have committed so much to everyone else, we lost much more than we were hoping to gain.  Sometimes it is best to let go, or just say, “No.”

The Queen of Sheba is the next example which comes to mind.  She sought out wisdom and even came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear Solomon’s wisdom (1 Ki. 10; 2 Ch. 9:3, 5; Lk. 11:31).

Today, the wise woman seeks the wisdom of One far greater than Solomon.  Her search for wisdom begins in prayer (Ja. 1:5).  We should pray daily for wisdom to help us guard our tongues, our thoughts, and our hearts.

Women of wisdom are blessed because they listen to and act on wise instruction (Pr. 8:33; 19:20).  They are drawn to wise teaching just as the Queen of Sheba was drawn to Solomon (Pr. 18:15).

The third example comes from the wise Israelite women who skillfully spun multi-colored yarns and fine twined linen during Moses’ day (Ex. 35:25-26).  Matthew Henry comments that these women were wise-hearted because they spun heartily to the Lord.  So much bountiful work for the Lord can be accomplished if hearts are right.  They had a spirit of cooperation.

Wise workers are sober-minded, redeeming the time (Ps. 90:12; Ep. 5:16; Co. 4:5).  A wise woman measures out the time in which she has to accomplish a task and sticks to it until it is done.

Wisdom encompasses the idea of humility and meekness.  Our works are to be done in the meekness of wisdom (Ja. 3:13).  The knowledge of the wise is coated in humility (Pr. 11:2), and those who open themselves up to God’s Word gain understanding (Pr. 14:6).

The last example of a wise woman which comes to mind from Scripture is found in the woman from the city of Abel (2 Sa. 20:11-22).  The wisdom and prudence of this respected woman saved her people.  The biggest breakdown in solving problems usually comes down to a lack of proper communication.  This woman understood the importance of listening to understand the desires and demands of others.  She communicated with both sides and after wise deliberation was able to bring peace to her people and justice to others.

The wise woman has a mouth of righteousness that speaks wisdom, and her tongue talks of justice (Ps. 37:30).  The lips of the wise woman disperse knowledge (Pr. 15:7).  She speaks what others need to hear to help benefit their lives.  They seek her advice and trust her.

Obtaining Wisdom

How do we obtain wisdom?  Unfortunately, we aren’t born with wisdom.  It’s a developed trait.  Some are more sober-minded or serious than others, but they still need to develop wisdom.

We should start at the beginning.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Pr. 9:10).  Should we not have a reverenced awe for the One who is the very definition of wisdom and Who is the possessor and giver of all wisdom?

God gives wisdom, knowledge and joy to those who are good in His sight (Ec. 2:26).  Goodness comes from keeping the Lord’s commands with the right attitude.  The wise woman heeds instruction, loves her own soul and finds good because she keeps understanding (Pr. 16:20; 19:8).  Striving to be good, she trusts in the Lord and thereby is greatly blessed.  God blesses those who are good in His sight with the precious gifts of wisdom, knowledge and joy.  Only a wise person can truly understand and appreciate the value of such wonderful blessings.

Scripture says that God “stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly” (Pr. 2:7).  The Lord has provided wisdom in His Word for those who are wise enough to “get” it.  This verse should make every Christian so happy.  Great joy should accompany the knowledge that the Lord is our protector and our shield.  He is a shield against Satan and His Word is a shield against the foolishness of this world…but only for the upright, only for the wise.

Wisdom Is Precious…And Wise Women Know It

Wisdom is better than rubies and all things we desire (Pr. 8:11).  Gold pales in the presence of it (Pr. 16:16).  Coral, pearls and rubies are of no value compared to wisdom (Jb. 28:18).

The greatest riches are found in the wisdom and knowledge of God (Ro. 11:33).  They are more precious than all the riches of the earth (Ja. 3:17).  May we all continue to strive to humbly obtain it through study of and obedience to the precious Word of God!

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice…Whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Proverbs 1:20, 33

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What Eve Has Taught Me – Debbie Kea

Eve. Mother of all living. First woman. First wife. First sinner. I’ve heard women speak negatively about Eve for most of my Christian life. But as I have studied her, I have developed a great sympathy. Let me show you why.

Sin.  We are all well aware that Eve was deceived by Satan (Gen. 3:4-7). She learned that just because something looks good doesn’t mean it is good. She learned that the Devil lies. She learned to listen to God.   We are critical of her; yet who of us has not sinned? The apostle Paul declares that all have sinned (Rom. 3:23). As I review my own sins, I feel pity for the first woman. There is no record of any other sins of Eve, but this one teaches us serious lessons.

Obedience.  God’s first law was a law of obedience to Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:17). They were clearly instructed by God not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Obedience to God’s laws remains for all of us today if we are to be pleasing to our Maker. We must not only obey God’s commands but we are also to teach obedience to our children and our grandchildren. A lack of respect for authority has become one of the worst problems of our society. Lawlessness reigns in our world. Most importantly, this disobedience separates us from God.

Blame.  We have played the blame game since the beginning and we continue it still! When accused, it’s usually the first thing we humans do—point to someone else. It’s a rare individual that takes personal responsibility for his actions. Adam started this habit by blaming “the woman thou gavest to be with me” and Eve continued by pointing at “the serpent” who beguiled her (Gen.3:12-13). They both knew the truth; that’s why they knew they were naked—their guilt. Our task now as humans is to build our character so that we will be strong enough to admit our sins, repent of them and grow! We must be responsible for our own actions—to God and others. We must be willing to say, “Yes, it was me and I’m sorry.”

Power and Influence.  Eve teaches me that women have great power and influence. Adam was created first and had the responsibility to be the spiritual leader of his home; therefore, Adam should have stopped Eve from disobeying God but he didn’t.   We, as women, must recognize our role in the home as God’s plan. Paul tells us man was not created for the woman but the woman for the man (I Cor. 11:9). Submission and subjection are not inferiority. They are the role that God has given us as women. However, our influence and power can only be for good when we allow our husbands to lead our homes. We must use our influence for good there as well as everywhere we go.

Suffering.  Women have endured suffering since Eve sinned. She was banished from the garden. She suffered in childbirth. Most of us who are mothers understand this well. She suffered over her children. One of her sons was a murderer, and one of her sons was killed. She suffered great loss with both of them. We learn that children who grow up in the same household may very well take different paths in life.   Eve suffered watching her husband work by the sweat of his brow for over 900 years! Sin brings suffering.   Eve learned this.

Desire.  God told Eve that she would have desire only for her husband. This seems an odd thing to say at a time when Adam was the only man there! But as I think about this, I am reminded of many women whose desire is not for their husband but for other things, such as money, career, popularity or a variety of other cares of the world. Unfortunately, today we Christian women are considered peculiar if we care about what our husband wants instead of what we want. This is one of the contributing factors to the destruction of the home in our world now. The world sees nothing wrong with a woman satisfying a man in her career or job; yet Christian women are ridiculed for wanting to satisfy or help their husbands to be happy in their marriage!

Wisdom.  Satan tried to convince Eve that she could be as wise as God. We must not let Satan fool us in this. Instead of trying to be as wise as God, we need to recognize His power and greatness and our dependence upon Him! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7). If we would truly be wise and happy, we would come to the One Who gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:6; 3:13).

Salvation.  Like me, Eve needed salvation. God, through His lovingkindness, provided from the beginning a way for Eve to be saved, to be brought back into a right relationship with Him. Jesus would come and bruise the head of the serpent, Satan (Gen. 3:15). And my obedience through faith would find access to the Lord’s saving blood (Rom. 5:1-2; 6:1-4). God did not leave Eve without hope. Jesus’ blood reaches back to her (Heb. 9:15). Neither does He leave us hopeless, for Christ is the Savior of the world if we would hear His voice (John 10:27; 3:17; Heb. 2:9).

Eve, mother of all living, continues to teach us lessons today. Though I am empathetic, it is still clear that Eve sinned and was punished for it. She remains, not a myth, but a real woman, made to be a helpmeet for man, a position that no other creature could fill. God help us to learn by studying Eve to be obedient children so that we can fulfill our role as women in His kingdom.

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