WHERE ARE THE WISE?

June 18, 2019

 

 

 

 

As the United States Congress continues to engage in political theater, slander, one-upsmanship and general confusion, the average American must wonder why we are paying these clowns.  Next to nothing is being accomplished, but the charade of performance continues.  If any observer has the rationale of a muskrat, they would doubt that any wisdom has remained on Capitol Hill.  If illustrations are necessary, the reader is too far behind to catch up.

According to the Scriptures, Solomon was endowed with greater wisdom than any person who has walked the earth with, of course, Jesus Christ being the one outstanding exception.  If that is even a remote possibility, shouldn’t our leaders spend time consulting the minds, observations and conclusions of the brightest of the bright?  The first step in gaining wisdom is to ask for it:  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (James 1:5,6)  That is precisely what Solomon did when God approached him in a dream inviting the young king to present his foremost request.  The Lord was pleased with the petition and therefore piled riches and honor on top of His gracious gift (I Kings 3:13).  “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.  And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.” (I Kings 4:29, 34)

Solomon negotiated a number of international trade deals that were fair but designed to benefit Israel; these agreements led to peace, not war: “And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him; and there was peace between Hiram (king of Tyre) and Solomon; and they made a league together.” (I Kings 5:12)  Wisdom would not allow America to be the patsy in the international community.  We do not believe for a minute that President Trump is a Solomon, but millions of Christians are praying for him - which is evidenced by growing improvement in these arenas.  Liberals want us to think that rolling over and playing dead is the best way to avoid war, but the wisdom of Solomon disagrees.

Great wisdom attracts attention from far and wide.  “And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions.  And she said to the king ,it was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.  Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it:  and, behold, the half was not told me:  thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.  Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear wisdom.” (I Kings 10:1,6,7,8) 

How could that be?  Servants are destined to work and serve; is it possible for those poor souls to be happy?  American wants not for those who enjoy smart phones, wide screen color T.V.’s, good automobiles and are government supported but continually declare their unhappiness.  What could they be lacking but wisdom?  Finding a happy liberal is tantamount to locating the proverbial needle in the haystack.  They have been programmed to assume the role of victims, targets of discrimination, and unfair economic disadvantages.  Liberals come in all colors, ethnic groups and backgrounds, but unhappiness is the common denominator.

The purpose of Proverbs (Solomon was the author) was “to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;” (Proverbs 1:2)  “To know wisdom” indicates the ability to draw judgment in moral and spiritual matters and to discern spiritual issues, realizing that all questions of life should be observed through the looking glass of a spiritual perspective.  Real wisdom in the Bible is set in distinct contrast against worldly wisdom as diamonds are set against garbage cans.  All one has to do is examine the fruit of each to recognize there is a difference.  The wisdom of the world produces pride, wrath, envy, confusion, jealousy, war and rumors of war, incorrect and false science and equally detrimental philosophy.  Heavenly wisdom produces the fruit of the Spirit which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” (Galatians 5:22, 23)

Solomon launched an extremely barbed salvo at the Harvard five foot shelf of classics when he said:  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)  The Lord makes no apology for the word ‘fear’ any more than He does in Mark 4:41, Galatians 2:12, or I John 4:18.  The problem arises from the fact that conservatives have adopted a liberal outlook, even where they have not adopted liberal theology.  The proper definition of “the fear of the Lord” is given by God Himself in Exodus 20:18-20.  The psychological motive behind this “dressing God up” bit is not hard to discern.  Men who don’t tremble and quake before God tremble and quake before men.  The political base, lobbyists, the news media and university professors are more to be feared than God is by the members of Congress.  “The fear of man bringeth a snare” (Proverbs 29:25). Washington is absent of its greatest need…wisdom!

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