September 01, 2014

WISDOM

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Proverbs 8:11-17

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding...

Proverbs 4:7,8

I once visited a beautiful lake in Ghana. The people living near this lake used logs, instead of boats, to cross the lake. Apparently, the gods do not like certain types of vessels on the lake! As I watched my own people paddling on logs, I asked myself whether we were in the Stone Age or in the twentieth century.

I marvelled as I realized how far back human beings could be when the mind is not allowed to function in a logical, sagacious, discerning and rational manner. When we allow spiritual and emotional factors to lead at the expense of common sense, we can only expect a hard life. As you travel around the world you will realize one thing-educated people are in charge everywhere. Those who are educated are those who have developed one of God's greatest gifts to man-the mind.

The human mind is a supernatural gift from God. He expects us to think and to reason, to use this great gift of the mind! The wise man sees the evil ahead and keeps himself, but the simple passes on and is punished. Simplicity cannot help us in this modern age.

I believe in prayer, I believe in fasting, I believe in the Holy Spirit and I believe in the supernatural. This does not make me shut my mind down. Solomon asked for wisdom; he was planning to use his mind! The Bible teaches that wisdom will promote us. Wisdom will cause us to come to an honourable end. The Bible says with all your getting, get wisdom.

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