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Thursday
Jul192012

The Wisdom Books

Graeme Goldsworthy, in According to Plan, discusses the place of the wisdom books in biblical theology:

The book of Proverbs invites us to assemble our experiences and to examine them for the underlying relationships that make life coherent and meaningful.  The wise person tries to understand the real nature of things and bow to the order that makes for a life with God.  The individual proverbs are not detailed expressions of the law of Sinai handed down from God but human reflections on individual experiences in the light of God's truth.  Thus, they show that being human as God intends means learning to think and act in a godly way.  It means that, in revelation, God gives the framework for godly thinking but he will not do our thinking for us.  We are responsible for the decisions we make as we seek to be wise (to think in a godly way).  Decisions are wise when they are made in light of the life which God sets before us as our goal.

I liked his comment about God not doing the thinking for us.  

Sometimes, that principle is not understood well enough.  We sometimes wait for the lightning bolt to give us wisdom when all it takes is a littlel mental activity.  We want to be told what to do sometimes rather than working it out with the power of Scripture and the Holy Spirit.

At the beginning of this year, when people often make "resolutions" (although, I'm not really a resolution maker per se) I determined the walk with the wise.  That's the beauty about wisdom; it can be contagious.  But first, I must saturate in myself in that framework of Scripture.  Wisdom apart from Scripture is not God's wisdom.