True wisdom is biblical. Proverbs talks about how true wisdom is common sense. Common sense is truly lacking today. Why? Because we don’t teach, talk about, value the Bible any longer. Nor do we value biblical teaching.
Look at what it says in Proverbs;
1-11 Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling?
Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice?
She’s taken her stand at First and Main,
at the busiest intersection.
Right in the city square
where the traffic is thickest, she shouts,
“You—I’m talking to all of you,
everyone out here on the streets!
Listen, you idiots—learn good sense!
You blockheads—shape up!
Don’t miss a word of this—I’m telling you how to live well,
I’m telling you how to live at your best.
My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth—
I can’t stand the taste of evil!
You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth;
not one syllable will be twisted or skewed.
You’ll recognize this as true—you with open minds;
truth-ready minds will see it at once. (the Message version. courtesy biblegateway.com)
I know many people don’t appreciate the Message version, but quite frankly, if I can’t understand a passage or need more information, I look to this version. Eugene Petersen has spent a lot of time working to make it biblically accurate so I think it is a viable tool.
I read this passage today and was reminded of this SomeEcard that I posted on my facebook page the other day:
I got quite a few comments on it and if you look around you, you see its true. Its sad.
But there IS a cure. Look in the Bible. I know.. I know.. That archaic book doesn’t have anything I need right now.
But- it does.
We need to value the Word of God and the wisdom that it contains. If you are unsure about something, look in Proverbs. You will probably find an answer. That book is full of Wisdom. Rules for good living are found all over the New Testament. Have a problem? You will probably find an answer.
I have read much about how, historically, children were taught from the Bible exclusively when they were young. They were taught values and morals along with technical skills. What they got from that was a moral and productive citizen. They got a person who knew ways of right living. They got a person who was functional in family and society.
Isn’t that what we want? Members of society who are productive and functional? People who have common sense and know HOW to learn? People are important to God. Why is God not important to us any longer?