Youth and Wisdom
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments
(Psalm 111:10 NASB)
The biblical mandate for true wisdom is simple, the fear of the LORD. To the modern, American ear this sounds quite negative, but it is not at all. It is simply the idea of orienting yourself under the authority of God in your life. It is recognizing and delighting in His utter supremacy over all things as Creator. Therefore, nothing is beyond His reach and nothing can thwart His will.
Simple enough, but that only puts you on the beginning of wisdom, not the end. I have been a pastor long enough that it is quite a challenge today in getting people to see the infinite value of just fearing God. Yet, those same people will often think that they possess wisdom for most any event or decision, never considering whether they are a person who has even begun to learn true wisdom by first consistently ordering their life under God. By using the adverb “consistently” I mean longer than a few months.
Worse, it is common to see that when they seek counsel that they gather around themselves men or women of like age and experience. To call that seeking wisdom is like a glutton asking fellow gluttons whether that extra burger is something they should eat. It is amazing how often they agree with your assessment.
When you are thinking of seeking counsel ask yourself who in your circle of life possesses wisdom that is beyond merely the “beginning of it?” Mark these men or women out in your mind ahead of time. When you go to them lay out your thoughts and your concerns. Present to them the process by which you are coming to your decision. Give clear, biblical arguments, or admit that you have none to give (which is OK, that happens more than people like to admit). And then prepare yourself to not hear a quick verse-quote and a pat on your head. Come with a spirit that says, “I lack wisdom, he doesn’t so let me come to learn.”
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20 NASB)
Who are you watching? Who are you consistently going to for counsel or wisdom on a situation? I am thankful for elders who I can go to anytime and receive advice and warnings.
If you need some additional reminding, here is the video we showed in our church a short time ago. If don’t have 5 minutes, then just jump to 1:30 and listen.