Proverbs 24:5 (NIV) The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
Develop Your Wisdom (Proverbs 24:1-12)
By its nature, wisdom is practical. Wisdom is tested by the decisions we make. As followers of Jesus Christ we must distinguish between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God. Human pursuits and endeavors can be alluring but they should be evaluated based on the Word of God. The Christian should not envy wicked people because they have no room for God in their hearts. In fact the Bible calls them fools. A Christian should, instead, pursue and exercise wisdom. We develop wisdom by having the mind of Christ (see Romans 12:1-2) rather than being shaped by secular worldviews. Wisdom is also gained by surrounding ourselves with wise people. (v. 6). It is also nurtured by life-experiences. Adversity is a good test for wisdom (v. 10). It reveals our character.
Do you find yourself complaining about your problems? Instead, ask God to give you wisdom, so that you can grow through them.
Exercise Your Wisdom (Proverbs 24:13-22)
Wisdom is very practical. One’s wisdom is determined by how they handle the different situations before them. Honey is to the tongue what wisdom is to the soul (v. 13). When we know the right thing to do or the right word to say at the right place and time, we can be of great help and encouragement to many. If we wisely live out and share the gospel of Jesus Christ we will be able to “rescue those being led away to death” (see v. 11). So, one way of exercising wisdom is through sharing the Gospel with those who need to know Christ. Wisdom also enables us not to seek revenge on our enemies (vv. 19-20) and instead love them unconditionally, as our Master taught us.
In what specific area do you need to obey Christ today?
“Obedience to Christ’s word distinguishes the wise man from his foolish neighbor.” Sinclair B. Ferguson