Wisdom for Life

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

divine gift.

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.