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Marks of Maturity: Part 5 – Wisdom

Marks of Maturity: Part 5 – Wisdom

How much wisdom do we have? Wisdom is the difference between the mature and the immature. In Proverbs 4:7 we are told to get wisdom because “Wisdom is the principle thing”. Wisdom transforms the simple (or child-like) into a discerning adult. (Luke 2:52) Jesus grew in wisdom which caused him to grow in favor with God and man, and wisdom caused him to grow strong in spirit (Luke 2:40).

Wisdom is incorporates into it the following: prudence, discernment, insight, foresight, good judgment, skill, experience, depth, purity, peace and gentleness, and more.

The Book of Proverbs was written to produce wisdom! Proverbs was written by a king, for a king, to produce all the excellent virtues of a king in the reader. We are called to be kings. (1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 5:10). This is the theme of Proverbs-”The making of a king”. As God transforms us into kings, he will send us to stand before kings. In a sense we can have “power over the nations”, even now in this life as God dispatches some of us to stand before leaders and dignitaries, our lives influencing the decrees they make over their domains. (Revelation 2:26). All the promises are to the overcome. The question then arises, “What do we have to overcome?”

Important Themes of Proverbs essential for the making of a king:

  • Rightly discipline a child. (The making of a king begins at birth).
  • Inner cleansing and right motives. (Not despising the corrections of the Lord)
  • Having the fear of the Lord. (It is the beginning of wisdom).
  • Having the right friends (not to envy the wicked or desire to be with them).
  • Giving our hearts (affections) to God. “My son, give me your heart”!
  • Guarding against vice (Moderation, temperance, and self-control)
  • Watching for the snare of flattery.
  • Cautions against rash commitments and sinning with the mouth.
  • Power of the tongue for good or evil.
  • On hearing (Key words- retain, keep, forget not) remembering what we already know.
  • Against bribes or wrong use of money in any way.
  • Against waste, time as well as substance. Also warns of procrastination.
  • Diligence vs. slothfulness.
  • Pride and arrogance condemned.
  • Exaltation of humility (“Before honor is humility”)
  • Warning against greed. (True riches defined).
  • Right treatment of the poor (against oppression of any kind).
  • Traits of the good woman and evil woman compared.
  • The personality of wisdom (pure, peaceable, gentle, etc.)
  • Moral purity and how to be spared. (Stain of adultery)
  • Pursuing for wisdom relentlessly.
  • Against scorning (a form of bitterness and contempt).
  • Repentance (a change of mind which results in a change of lifestyle).
  • Equality (No partiality in judgment).
  • Hating simplicity (Consequences of rejecting instruction and wisdom).
  • Problems in the spirit and soul, which affect the body.

 

What is True Wisdom?

Wisdom is ability but is also has a personality. Those who possess true wisdom in their lives also have the nature and disposition of wisdom. (Pure, peaceable, gentle, etc.) In Proverbs, wisdom is likened unto a virtuous young woman. Often wisdom is referred to in the feminine…her, she. (Proverbs 3:13-18) “Happy is the man that finds wisdom…she is more precious than rubies; her ways are of pleasantness and peace”. (Proverbs 4:5-9) “Wisdom is the principle thing… exalt her and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her…”In Proverbs the Virtuous Woman (wisdom) and the Strange Woman (folly) are compared.

(Proverbs 4:8-9) True wisdom produces Godly fruit in our lives. Wisdom will bring grace and glory, promotion and honor. In James 3:13-18, there is a comparison between worldly wisdom and heavenly wisdom, and the fruit that each one produces. Some of the believers that James was writing to were filled with worldly wisdom, and this was the reason for all the dissention among them. There were debates, deceit, arguing, and a competitive spirit in the brethren. Divine wisdom produces exactly the opposite! James tells us that heavenly wisdom has seven attributes:
 

The Personality of Divine Wisdom: (The exact opposite of earthly wisdom)

  1. Pure (pure motives) No spirit of competition; not trying to out do another or trying to exalt self. Worldly wisdom promotes ambition and getting the top, and will use any means to get there, including stepping on others.
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  3. Peaceable (at peace with God and man, and with himself) Wisdom produces peace. Peace and unity mean exactly the same thing in the original language. When a man has a united heart he has peace within himself. If his heart is divided he then is torn between loyalties and has no peace. Argument is a sign that wisdom is lacking. Wisdom has the nature of peace. Solomon had wisdom, and wisdom promoted peace during his reign.
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  5. Gentle (a sweet reasonableness) One who is gentle will listen to another, and is willing to see another’s point of view; One who is not rigid. Rigidness is the result of a closed mind, and is evidence that wisdom is lacking. “This is the way it is and there is no other way” is the opposite of wisdom. Wisdom allows for latitude, and shows us how to give people more space. Wisdom can defer to another’s point of view.
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  7. Easily Entreated (opposite of stubbornness) This is the person who is easy to flow with; one who is “Skilled in knowing when it is best to yield”. Wisdom dictates when it is best to be firm, and when it is best to let it go. When one pushes and shoves to get his point across, he is unwise. Wisdom does not strive and contend. (See 2 Timothy 2:24-26, Proverbs 25:15)”And the servant of the Lord must not strive.”
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  9. Full of Mercy (and full of good fruits) Divine mercy is much higher than man’s mercy. Divine mercy shows compassion for someone who is in trouble, even when it is his own fault. This is the kind of mercy God has shown to us, and the kind He expects us to show to others. (“The merciful shall obtain mercy”). This is the kind of mercy we need to show to people who have “blown it”, though they were warned and warned…Mercy that has no “I told you so” attitude. Don’t always bring up past failures and mistakes to your mate, or others. Mercy reaches down to the fallen one and tries to pick up the pieces as best he can, rather than condemn. Real mercy is “full of good fruits” and practical good deeds. When God described Himself to Moses, the first thing he said was; I Am Merciful. (Exodus 34:6). This is the first thing God wants to be known as. We are called to be just like Him too.
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  11. No Partiality (no favoritism) Our emotions are very partial but this is not wisdom. Isaac and Rebecca had favorites in their home. Isaac loved Esau, but Rebecca loved Jacob, and this ruined their home. (Genesis 25:28) Rebecca taught her favorite son to lie and use deceit. Partiality causes deceit and such things. Here was a marriage that did not work well, even though God had ordained it. Even thigh a marriage is of God, it still will not work if people won’t allow God to deal with areas of the heart. Favoritism is carnal love and it bears evil fruit.
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  13. No Hypocrisy (no pretence or falsehood of any kind) Jesus preached more against hypocrisy than any other heart issue. (Matthew 7:1-5) According to the words of Jesus, hypocrisy is when a person is hard and critical of others but the same problem they are accusing others of is in them too, and even worse. Hypocrisy therefore is blindness. People who have true wisdom have light within them and are not critical or hard with others, because they know what man is constituted of, and the propensity of their own heart. Therefore they are gracious to others.

 

Proverbs 9:1 “Wisdom hath build her house, she hath hewn her seven pillars.” Above are the seven pillars of wisdom. A home and marriage is built upon these seven aspects of wisdom. If any of these pillars are missing, the foundation will be shaky. Start building your home and marriage on these 7 pillars of wisdom. Wisdom builds a house!

 

About the Author

Dr. Paul G. Caram is an author and international lecturer on the subject of Christian growth. The powerful truths presented in his seminars have transformed hearts and helped many to find fresh direction and new meaning in their lives. Dr. Paul Caram offers many valuable keys that help the believer gain freedom from the bondages of habits and personal struggles. He shows the believer how to find peace in his own heart first, which leads to unity with others.

A graduate of Elim Bible Institute in New York in 1969, and thirty years as a pastor and teacher, Dr. Paul Caram is the vice-chancellor of Zion Ministerial Institute in Waverly, New York, and vice president of Zion Ministerial Institute’s International Correspondence Course program. His books are in over 50 nations of the world in several languages. Dr. Paul Caram and his wife Betsy have pastored Zion Christian Assembly in Ulysses, Pa (United States). for eighteen years.

Dr. Paul Caram received a Diploma of Ministerial Training (Dip. Min.) from Elim Bible Institute. He also has received a Doctorate of Religion (Ph. D.) from Vision Christian Bible College.

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