The Wise Man – Part 2

Proverbs 18:15 “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.”

Proverbs 1:5 “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.“


When I look at the world’s situation there is a desperate need for wise men/women who can see clearly what the problem is and give solutions. However, when we talk about a wise man/woman we are also talking about character.


When I was the field leader for our work of Operation Mobilization in South America I wrote a book called THE PERSON THAT GOD USES: MAN OF CHARACTER. The one thing that we need is to be is men/women of influence. No matter what sphere the Lord places us in (our jobs, school, media, government, household, etc.) we can have an influence for the Kingdom of God that dwells within. (Luke 17:21)


One of the first things that stand out in the character of a wise man is being teachable. So often in talking with people – when something is mentioned you hear the words: “I know,” and immediately you perceive that they are not teachable. Like proverbs says, “The ears of the wise seek it out.” Or “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.“


We all could use the advice of Proverbs: “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” Proverbs 19:20


One of the things that I have noticed in my life is that God has different ways of bringing to us knowledge, but sometimes the way God uses offends us and so we miss that teachable moment. God used a jackass to teach Balaam and sometimes we might think it is a jackass trying to say something to us.


Another aspect of the character of a wise man is that he is a righteous man. This righteousness will come out in many ways. For example, he will be a man who will speak the truth. He will be a man of his word. “Teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?” Proverbs 22:21


This righteousness will be seen in his relationship to the Lord in shunning evil, hating what is false, doing what is righteous, because of his reverential trust in the Lord.


Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”


Proverbs 14:16 “A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.”





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