You Can't Be Wise Without Faith
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10
Who is the wisest person you know?
Wisdom affects all areas of our life. It affects how we work, how we play, how we speak to each other, how we raise our children and listen to our parents, and how we believe.
In fact, Proverbs makes it very clear…
You cannot be wise without first believing in Jesus.
Does that sound harsh?
The fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of wisdom. Believing in Jesus is the beginning.
Think about it this way. Let’s say you know someone who is sick. They have an infection and some bad symptoms. They go to the doctor and the doctor tells them they are going to die unless they start taking antibiotics. If they take the antibiotics, they will be fine.
If that person’s response to the doctor is,
“That’s ridiculous! There’s no way those little pills are going to help, if I’m even sick in the first place. You’re just trying to get my money.”
The doctor says, “No, they are free. I’ll give them to you, but you need to take them. It’s life or death.”
“Nice try, doc,” the person replies, “I’m not falling for it.”
Would you consider that person wise or foolish?
We all have a terminal condition called sin. There’s one cure, Jesus. It’s free to whoever believes. If someone rejects Jesus and His free salvation, that’s not wise.
Wisdom Comes From God
Furthermore, the source of all wisdom is God. He created us and all of creation. He defines morality. He provides for us and sustains us both physically and spiritually. If wisdom comes from God, we simply cannot be wise if we reject the source of all wisdom.
Yes, people can seem smart and make good decisions in life without God, but the foundation is missing. If the foundation is missing, the building eventually falls.
Wisdom and Humility
So, we must humble ourselves and trust the one who made us and who saves us. We must put our own wisdom aside and believe what God tells us. The first thing He tells us is that we are sinners, but Jesus died for sinners. He died so you could live. Believe in Him and you will be saved. It’s a gift. If you haven’t already, you can receive it, today.
If you have already received it, be renewed and reassured by the promise once again.
Give me wisdom. Give me faith that I would be wise unto salvation. Continue to teach me that I would grow in humility and wisdom with every passing day.
In Christ’s Service,