MONUMENT FOR 21ST CENTURY PRESIDENTS: MOUNT TUSHMORE
WHERE IS WISDOM?
Can we find wise candidates for president today? Can we find wisdom anywhere in our government now? Government contract violations, Veteran’s hospitals, IRS targeting, corporate crime, failed bank oversight all point to corruption. But who votes for the leaders who bring corruption? The word of God has vastly less influence than in times past. The American voter is carnal and misguided. As Israel was judged, this nation too will see punishment. Can the church be a solid example pointing to hope? God has a companion who appeals to our lost world.
Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Proverbs 8:1-5
Is there no history of wisdom in the world? Have the people and leaders not pointed towards safe passage? Isn’t wisdom placed above every pleasure and comfort? Wisdom makes every effort to steer us away from destruction at every step. Wisdom calls the foolish to turn to a better way and learn from her.
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. Proverbs 8:6-10
If wisdom has a person she is not given to entrapment or deception. Evil is a stranger to her and every word is truthful and helpful. Her words are clearly understood and acceptable to those who find truth and knowledge. The words of wisdom are more valuable than money; silver or gold. They must be worth far more than the paper script of our modern world then!
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. Proverbs 8:11-15
In fact wisdom is more precious than gem stones or any other desired object. She is conservative, cautious, but able to discern clever deceptions. To Fear God you must hate every way of evil and arrogant pride. Wisdom is the power of just rulers and judges.
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:.Proverbs 8:16-20
She is the power and partner of governors and judges, she loves those who receive her and she recognizes those who are receptive early. She is the source of prosperity that is lasting when the owner is righteous. Her benefits are greater than that earthly prosperity, gold or silver. Wisdom is the leader to truth in the center of the safe path of good judgment.
That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:.Proverbs 8:21-25
She leads men on the safe path so they can prosper…honestly. Our messiah Jesus possessed this wisdom from the beginning, before the earth was formed. Wisdom preceded the creation.
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Proverbs 8:26-30
John tells us that Jesus was in the beginning and formed the earth. As this system and planet were formed wisdom was there. Wisdom tells us that she was the delight an joy of our savior, a regular companion.
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. Proverbs 8:31-36
She was rejoicing with the creator and finding pleasure in his created beings. Now listen to her instruction to have his blessing on your life. The blessing belongs only to those who listen, watch, and wait to find wisdom. These find the only way to life and the approval of God. Those who reject wisdom are self destructive and moving surely to death.
Can we see a world rejecting in wisdom around us? The gospel of Jesus is given as the only way to life, and it is widely mocked today. Young people follow bad examples in music, movies, television, and the internet instead. Marriage is considered optional while abortion is considered a necessity. Relationships are marred by abuse, violence, divorce, separation, custody battles, sexual diseases, poverty, and single parenting. Children are molested, offended, and left to worldly abuses. Wisdom is the partner of Jesus, our only salvation. Wisdom is not optional unless we prefer to accept death.
Our leaders are purchased and owned by powerful corporations, and commonly place profits ahead of righteousness. These are not the wise rulers because they are chosen by unwise voters. The church can only live a good example and bring neighbors to the gates of wisdom.