What is ‘wisdom’? Where is it found? And how can it be acquired? While these questions are answered in a multitude of different ways, the book of Proverbs confronts them with remarkable clarity.
What is ‘wisdom’? Where is it found? And how can it be acquired? While these questions are
answered in a multitude of different ways, the book of Proverbs confronts them with remarkable
clarity. According to Proverbs, wisdom involves much more than the intellect; it includes the
totality of one’s being – a person’s mind, affections, attitudes, tastes, actions, and speech.
Wisdom is not found by mastering some body of knowledge; rather it is discovered in
interpersonal relationship with God through his word and in his world. And wisdom is not
acquired through an impersonal ‘knowing that’ or ‘knowing about’ something; it is received as a
Proverbs has much to say about wisdom and life. We explored three dimensions of wisdom and
life from Proverbs in our Equip sessions: discerning (deceptive) voices, directing desires, and
living as limited creatures. And we considered these dimensions of wisdom and life through
three questions: To whom do I listen? What do I want? And who am I? Proverbs offers wisdom
for life in each of these areas. In a world of ‘fake news’ and the Flat Earth Society, Proverbs
trains us to discern deceptive voices and serve as authorized guides for others. The book
awakens our desires and directs them to love those things that God loves and to hate those
things that he hates. And Proverbs responds to our limits as creatures by inviting us to trust and
depend on our Creator, who graciously gives us every good and perfect gift. More than
providing wisdom for negotiating particular circumstances, Proverbs offers a multi-levelled
course in wisdom for the whole of life.