Ethical and Practical

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Ethical and Practical 
'Wisdom is commonly defined as good judgment or the ability to develop the best course of action in response to a given situation. In the Bible, however, wisdom has a strong ethical content. For example James 3:17 says, "but the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
 
The ethical emphasis on wisdom is particularly strong in Proverbs, but this doesn't exclude what we might call the practical dimension, such as the wise use of time or money. In fact, the book of Proverbs is filled with instructions for day-to-day living, but this practical wisdom always has an ethical tone to it. Wisdom in Proverbs is more concerned with righteous living than with shrewd judgment. The practical is never divorced from the ethical.
 
It is with this ethical practical relationship in mind that we should understand how the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Just as the fear of God is the foundation of knowledge, so it is also the foundation of wisdom.
 
Consider for example, Proverbs 11:1 says, "the Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight". Society says, "honesty is the best policy". Why? The world's answer is," it's good for business". The honest auto repair shop gets a good reputation and presumably has more cars to repair. Biblical wisdom, however, recognizes that God, even more than the customer, is concerned about honesty. Biblical wisdom always factors God into the equation.'*
 
Heavenly Father, as I grow, by your grace and power, in living by your practical and ethical wisdom, let my life bring you glory! I rest and rejoice in recognizing your supremacy over every area of my life and that you are the God who sends poverty and wealth, who humbles and exalts. Thank you Lord for teaching me wisdom from your Word.
 
With the angels in heaven, I praise you Lord! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen! Revelation 7:12  
 
 
*I Give You Glory, O God by Jerry Bridges.
In I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship Trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him.
 
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Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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