When you hear the word “wisdom” what comes to mind?
In the middle of your Bible, there is a book called Proverbs. Can you find it in your Bible? The book of Proverbs is a collection of short sayings that were written down by King David’s son, Solomon. These proverbs were meant to make people wise. And in Proverbs 3:18 that wisdom is called a Tree of Life:
Proverbs 3:18. She [Wisdom] is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.
Did you know that trees keep us alive? Do you know how trees keep us alive? (oxygen, food, shelter).
And did you know that wisdom will keep you alive spiritually? Spiritually?
Do you remember how we said a couple days ago, that we are not just what we do on the outside with our bodies, but we are also what we are on the inside – our feelings, and desires? The inside part of us is the spiritual part. Sometimes we call it our “heart.”
Wisdom is the thing that guides our hearts to God. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were guided away from the Tree of Life by Satan. Instead of choosing God’s grace in the Tree of Life, they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil instead. They selfishly chose knowledge over the wisdom of trusting God.
And that’s what wisdom is – trusting God with all your heart.
For the rest of your life you will be told that you need to know more things, and learn more things, and do more things. And yes, learning things and doing things is good. But it’s not the most important thing in your life. Trusting God is. Trusting God is wisdom. And wisdom is life.
Knowledge is something you have to work hard to get. You have to study and try hard to be smarter. That’s why you go to school, to gain knowledge. But wisdom is something that anyone can have. Anyone can trust God. Whether you are seven or seventy, you can trust God. Whether you get good grades in school or not, you can trust God.
Now I want to make sure we understand that God’s wisdom is NOT an actual tree. But it is LIKE a tree. How? Because God’s wisdom gives us life. When we trust God we have a better life. Not a better life on the outside, but a better life on the inside. How? Because even when life is going bad on the outside, when we trust God and his love, we can still be OK on the inside. Even if we don’t do good in school, we can know we are loved by God and still be happy. Even if we lose the game, we can trust God and still have fun. Even if we get sick, we can trust God and not be afraid while we try to get better. And even if things don’t get better on the outside, we know that we are better on the inside because we trust God. That’s wisdom.
There’s one more thing we need to know about God’s wisdom, and it’s the most important thing. God’s wisdom isn’t an actual tree, but it is an actual person – Jesus.
The Bible says that Jesus is the wisdom of God. How do we trust God? By trusting Jesus. Why should we trust God? Because Jesus came to die for us and take away our sins. Just like wisdom gives us a better life on the inside, trusting Jesus gives us the best life on the inside, and it’s eternal life. Trusting Jesus is the way to have God’s good life of love, and joy, and peace, forever!
To trust Jesus is to have eternal life. And that is the wisest thing you could ever do.
Because of Jesus we know we can trust God and have eternal life.
With Jesus we can be wise – trusting that God loves us on the inside no matter what happens to us on the outside.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Here’s a good song to help you get excited about our next couple days in Proverbs.
I trust you. I trust that you love me and came to save me from my sins. Help me to trust you today no matter what happens.
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