Knowledge leads us from the simple to the complex; wisdom leads us from the complex to the simple (Anonymous).
Prov 1:1-3 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behaviour, doing what is right and just and fair
We need wisdom. Not all people have it. The intention of the poet is to teach us wisdom (2). We must learn the discernment to know what is nonsense and what is truth (2).
The good news is that wisdom is not meant for exceptional people. We can learn it. The poet says that young people, those who have no knowledge yet, yes anyone, can gain a heart of wisdom (4). Naturally some of us think that we are wise already. The poet says that we can also become wiser by reading the teachings of the poet (5).
Maybe you were very unwise in your life or you are about to make an unwise decision. Listen, this wisdom is not a secret or out-of-this-world-experience or something you gain by intelligence or age. You do not need a special ability or talent for it. It is day-to-day wisdom. It is a way of life. It is about things that are extremely important for our society – what is right and just and fair (4).
When we learn this wisdom we are concerned about many things in our society and in our homes. We are concerned when a political system promotes injustice. We see immediately when our neighbours are in trouble. We do not sit back and watch at the workplace when some people are treated better than others or promoted based on other considerations than ability and potential. We cannot be silent when people are discriminated against and deliberately not given the opportunities they deserve. We strive to see a society in which every person can take his or her God-given place with dignity – also in our families!
Moliere said that we are not only responsible for what we do but also for what we do not do. If you are a wise man, you will not be silent about injustice. May God grant you the wisdom to be able to discern what is best so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ (Phil 1:9, 10)
Lord, forgive me when I often do nothing when I see injustice. Strengthen me by your Spirit so that I will oppose it with wisdom, in Jesus’ name. Amen.