A Month of Proverbs
We all would pretty much agree that our world could use a little more wisdom and a lot less foolishness. If we're honest, we would also have to agree that we could use more than we personally have as well. I agree with A.W. Tozer's assessment of modern and enlightened humanity: "I have no doubt that historians will conclude that we of the twentieth century had intelligence enough to create a great civilization but not the moral wisdom to preserve it." (In fact, this was the concern of the Founding Fathers of this nation as well.)
If our world around is falling apart, one thing is for absolute certain - it's not for a lack of technology or education. There has never been a greater amount of either of these than in our day, and yet we still wonder with disillusionment at what happens in our world, our nation and likely even our families at times. How is it that such an advanced generation seems to be going backwards in living in many respects? Given all our advances, we are undoubtedly not "evolving" morally into a wiser and better humanity as many want to believe.
Wisdom is primarily the art or skill of living rightly. Wisdom is seriously needed in our everyday lives. People don't know how to live, and more sadly, don't even realize they don't know how to live. Too many think they have this imaginary thing called "bad luck" following them, when in reality in some key areas of life they are simply not living a wise life. Then instead of trying to gain more wisdom to avoid some of life's problems - they just blame other things or people for some of their problems. Charlie Daniels (yes the singer) has pointed out such people just need to face facts and reality:
Get Real. Why do some people think that everything that happens to them is somebody else's fault? I realize that there are things which are out of our control such as accidents, violence, and sickness, but putting that aside if we want to see who is responsible for our lives we should look in the mirror.
This is not what we want to hear. It's so much easier to blame everything else while we remain free of any responsibility for what's going on. (There's another increasingly unpopular word - responsibility.)
But how do we get Wisdom, or skill at living? It seems our culture blindly holds to a belief that wisdom just simply happens. But nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, we learn some things by experience, but without wisdom and the discernment that comes with it, even experience is no teacher. This is why some people keep making bad decisions one after another and see no problem in what they are doing despite bad outcomes.
According to the Bible, Wisdom must be searched for and cultivated. If true, what are we doing to increase Wisdom in our personal lives?
Starting in February (2016) we will, as a church, read through the book of Proverbs. It has 31 chapters, one that can be read each day of the month. Then on each Sunday we'll pick out some topics from that week's reading. This is a very doable activity for those interested in growing in Wisdom. We've done this reading plan before, but not the sermons, as I don't do reruns.
If you've acknowledged you could use more godly Wisdom, you'll be desirous of reading along with us to help gain what you admit you need. If we're not willing to spend a short amount of time seeking to gain a little more of this Wisdom, we must in some way think we don't really need it. This is blunt - but can it honestly be denied? We go after what we think we need and want. I unashamedly admit I need it and need it more than ever. How about you? If so, what are you going to do about it?
About Sermons: Sermons are expository in nature (with some exceptions) because Scripture should be the focus not the cleverness or wisdom of the pastor. It is also because God Himself has spoken, why would we want the wisdom of man? Therefore it's in our best interest to discover what God has said on the various topics of life (not what a pastor has opinions or advice on) and learn to apply them to our own lives and situations.