I gradually came to a conclusion: that there is no true wisdom apart from the knowledge of God. And this cannot be mere head knowledge. Oh, far too many people know the Bible from cover to cover and yet don't KNOW the Lord. When they talk, they don't know what they are talking about. They can come to you and say things that sound biblical. Like Job's friends, who came, apparently, to bring comfort, but then revealed what was in their hearts: a judgmental, self-righteous, unmerciful spirit.
That's why the Holy Spirit, through Solomon, related wisdom to love and reverence to the Lord. You cannot even begin to have any truly trascendent knowledge if you don't have some degree of intimate knowledge of the Omniscient (All-knowing) Creator of the Universe, the All-Wise and Holy, Holy, Holy God.
I hope I don't sound too mystical. I'm not talking about weird experiences that are available only for specially spiritual people. Nor am I talking about some "hidden" knowledge... The mystery has already been revealed, and is available for any who is TRULY seeking that wisdom.
All who are thirsty,
All who are weak,
Come to the Fountain.
The question is, Are you thirsty? Do you have a desire for that knowledge which surpasses all knowledge? Are you willing to submit your thoughts to His thoughts, your ways to His ways?
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
If you lean on your own ideas of what wisdom means, sooner or later calamity will blow like a hurricane upon those walls, and you and your ideas will fall.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Are your paths crooked? Does it look as if you're walking along in circles? If you seek His will, He will straighten you out. He will show you the way.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
Admit your ignorance. Forget what you know. Be like a child who believes in his or her wise Father who teaches all things. Start again. From scratch. Even what you know needs to be renewed.
May the Holy Spirit open our eyes, that we may SEE the wonders of His Word and His presence! That we may taste and know that the Lord is GOOD!
To be continued...