Many people chase the wind.
They work hard to prove their worth. They strive to make a name for themselves. They take extensive measures to make a fortune.
And then what?
When life gets hard, when calamity comes, or when their time is up, they are plagued with restlessness, gripped with fear and filled with regret.
Far too many people realize far too late that everything they’ve been chasing — money, fame, power — is fleeting and void of real meaning, like the wind that just blows away and goes its way.
In Proverbs 28:26, Solomon — the wisest, wealthiest and most powerful man of his time — straightforwardly and sternly says: “those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”
But in the book of Ecclesiastes (which he wrote after Proverbs, towards the end of his life), Solomon notes that everything in life — pleasure, promotion, work, wealth, and even wisdom — is meaningless, for a common destiny called death awaits all.
So was he wrong about his initial confidence in wisdom? Did he change his mind after his life has taken a wrong trajectory?
Truth be told, human wisdom is folly in God’s eyes.
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.” – Proverbs 21:30
But the heavenly wisdom that comes from the Lord? It is that which keeps us on the narrow path that leads to eternal life.
This is a GAME-CHANGER.
In case you need a reminder: this world that we are living in — with all its brokenness, sin and evil — is only TEMPORARY. It is not our home, and it is not our hope. We have an everlasting hope that is Jesus Christ and an eternal home that is Heaven. And this is what we’re living for and putting our hope in — His Kingdom (come) and His will (be done) here on earth as in Heaven. An ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE (and the faith that it requires) gives us a new set of eyes, a newfound hope, a new life and a new mission.
So how does this relate to wisdom? While wisdom is not a means to salvation (it’s only through Jesus Christ that we are saved), we certainly need wisdom to live out our salvation. It is Heavenly Wisdom that keeps us grounded throughout the tumultuous ride called life, through all its unexpected twists and turns. It is Heavenly Wisdom that keeps us supernaturally focused on our end goal — our destination.
In Proverbs 9:10, we are told that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” and in Proverbs 12:23 that the one who fears the Lord “rests content, untouched by trouble.” Translation? Those who have wisdom are both safe and satisfied.
Perfect peace in the midst of trouble is the true fruit of wisdom.
We can also learn from Solomon’s tragic ending. His last words form a fair (and a sobering) warning:
“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
To live a meaningful and purposeful life — one that is pleasing to the Lord and satisfying to the soul — and to avoid getting entangled in meaningless pursuits that lead to tragic endings, we need (the continual outpouring of) wisdom from God Himself.
So if wisdom has both earthly and eternal benefits…
Why chase the wind when you can chase the wisdom?
WHO | By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place. (Proverbs 3:19)
WHAT | But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17) | The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
WHERE | [Only] God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells, for He views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. (Job 28:23-24)
WHEN | The LORD brought me forth as the first of His works, before the deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. (Proverbs 8:22-23)
WHY | Blessed are those who find wisdom… for it yields patience (Proverbs 19:11) and brings peace, prosperity, prudence, perception, and prolonged life. (Proverbs 3:13-18; paraphrased) | Know that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 24:14)
HOW | The beginning of wisdom is this: GET WISDOM. Though it costs all you have, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7) | If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)