The search for wisdom may begin for us with the question, “What does the book of Proverbs teach us about wisdom?”, but it must not end there. While it is important to learn what the Old Testament has to say to us, we should not allow ourselves to get trapped in the Old Testament so that we fail to look beyond the first stage of God’s revelation and see the fullness of God’s revelation – our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ: “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
book of Proverbs encourages us to search for wisdom. In our search for
wisdom, we find that we are led beyond the book of Proverbs. We read
what the New Testament says to us – “you have known the holy Scriptures,
which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ
Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). We are to led to “Christ” who is “the wisdom of
God” (1 Corinthians 1:24). Christ leads us beyond “man’s wisdom” (1
Corinthians 1:25). Whatever else may be said about wisdom, there is one
thing that we must always say, “Christ Jesus … has become for us wisdom
from God” (1 Corinthians 1:30).
do learn about wisdom as we read the book of Proverbs – but there is
more to learn than the book of Proverbs, on its own, is able to teach
us. In the book of Proverbs, we read of “Wisdom” calling out to us
(Proverbs 1:20-21). In the Gospels, Jesus speaks to us. He tells us that
He is “the Truth” (John 14:6). He tells us that He is “the Light” (John
8:12). We seek understanding. We seek enlightenment. We find these
things in Jesus. We are truly wise when we build our life on Christ
in the book of Proverbs, we read the words, “Get wisdom” (Proverbs
4:7), we must follow where our search for wisdom leads us. For us, “Get
wisdom” means more than it meant for the writer of the book of Proverbs.
It means, “Come to Christ and receive salvation.”
we may learn about wisdom from the book of Proverbs, this is only the
beginning of our search. From there, we look to Jesus and we see that in
Him are “‘all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ (Colossians 2:3) –
all that we need for salvation, sanctification and service.
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