Obviously, behaving wisely or sensibly prepares us to respond constructively to difficulties and conflicts.
Obviously, behaving wisely or sensibly prepares us to respond
constructively to difficulties and conflicts. Consider again the examples
of Harper Lee and Truman Capote. I don’t know if either of them professed
belief in Christ. Regardless, we see how the presence or the absence of
wisdom led them to experience life very differently. They began in the same
small Alabama town, both moved to New York, both achieved phenomenal
success as writers, yet they responded very differently to notoriety. The
pursuit of fame consumed Capote, who died early and shamefully. Lee
affirmed the impact of her novel, but rejected personal glory. As of this
writing, she continues to live quietly and, yes, sensibly.
While wisdom helps us shape our own environments, to make them less chaotic
and more constructive, God promises even more. He promises not to leave us
to fend for ourselves in a corrupt and foolish world. He promises to remain
personally involved with us as we pursue wisdom.
2. Benefits of wisdom from above: protection
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course. (Proverbs 2:7–9)
Put simply, living wisely places us under an invisible umbrella of divine
protection. By choosing to pursue wisdom, we align ourselves with God
against foolishness, dishonesty, misconduct, and injustice. He delights to
support us when we become a part of His agenda. Even so, the support He
provides doesn’t mean we won’t suffer. We are, in fact, at war with evil.
The world is a battlefield, and like soldiers, we will endure hardships and
suffer wounds. Many thousands of martyrs died as a result of the stand they
took for the gospel against powerful persecutors. Wisdom brings
supernatural, divine protection. His protective umbrella may be invisible,
but that does not make us invincible to evil. Not in this life.
But God promises that we will suffer less at the hands of evil if we accept
rather than reject divine wisdom. Furthermore, the suffering we do
experience will be used for our good (Romans 8:28–39). Still more than
that, the suffering we endure now is temporary, eventually giving way to a
time when those who seek God’s wisdom will enjoy eternity, where “He will
wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any
death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first
things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). We receive some protection now
and ultimate protection when He redeems the world from its foolishness and
Between now and eternity, wisdom pulls us up from our shallowness, allowing
us to both enjoy God’s best now and maintain an eternal perspective in the
midst of a sinful, foolish world.