Wisdom’s gate

gate-83791_640Proverbs 8:34: Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.

To wait is an expression of need, it is to expect. In the focus verse, wisdom is saying that it is a good thing for us to watch at his gates. A gate is the access point. Without going through the gate there is no going anywhere. Realise that the way is a man (John 14:6), Jesus. He has been made wisdom for us (1Corinthians 1:30). It is because of him that the church has the mandate to manifest the wisdom of God to principalities and powers (Ephesians 3:10).

Except a man be born again, receive Jesus Christ, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). The kingdom of God is the kingdom of wisdom. And wisdom empowers us with the ability to make the right decisions, to move with the right people, to do the right things, to get the right results.

For further exploration of the focus verse, I will focus on five words.

Blessed (state)

To be wise is to be blessed. The bible says that a wise man knows the interpretation of a thing (Ecclesiastes 8:1). That means you become a reference point in the community, you become a man of authority on issues. Your life will be marked by stability and people gravitate towards you. When their world comes crumbling down, you will help them make sense of it all and also start again on a firmer foundation. And it is written: it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). What you give in wisdom determines the highest value you have. The counsel you share defines your greatness.

The bible concludes that wisdom and understanding shall be the key to stability in our days (Isaiah 33:6). It also declares that to be wise is better than having physical ability (Ecclesiastes 7:19, 9:18). To have sense is better than to have skill or style.

The fool struggles without end (Ecclesiastes 10:15), while the wise has the answer. Solomon was commended by God for choosing wisdom, about all else (1Kings 3:1-14). The wisdom he possessed became the door to the other things, to wealth and fame. The bible says: blessed is the one who walks not in the way of sinners, delighting in the law (wisdom) of the Lord in which he meditates day and night, and everything he does is blessed (Psalm 1).

Listen (audio gate)

Jesus said: be careful how you hear because the measure you use shall be measured back to you and many more shall be given to you (Mark 4:24). That means, whatever you pay attention to, will “paint” you. What you choose to hear, will determine how you will choose to act. The book of Proverbs says that we should not pay attention to everything said to us (Ecclesiastes 7:21). We should hear selectively. You cannot accept everyone’s comment about you, since they are not God, and are bound to miss things quite often.

Many times Jesus said: he who has ears let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Revelation 2-3), and the Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom (Isaiah 11:1-3). There is a constant need to hear from God, to gain his perspective.

God promised that we will hear a (divine) word behind us saying: this is the way walk in it (Isaiah 30:21). But if we would not listen to the words of instruction, then we are on the way to destruction. To ear to the word of truth is the important step towards living the life of truth.

The words of truth may not be the most palatable. That is why Paul told Timothy: preach the word, be instant in season and how of season, because the people will not always endure sound doctrine (2Timothy 4:1-4).

However, James warned that we should not just be hearers alone, deceiving ourselves (James 1:22), but we should be doers of the word. Be careful what you pay attention to, to who you listen to. When the devil told Jesus to bow down and worship him, he told him to get lost (Luke 4:8); he refused to hear anything more from him. He closed his audio gate to the devil.

Watching (video gate)

Wisdom can be seen. When the queen of Sheba came to Solomon, it was recorded that she saw the wisdom of Solomon. She was breathless, after she observed the wisdom in the order in his court (2Chronicles 9:1-5).

That is why the examples that we show or we see from others are more eloquent than the words. Jesus said: “by their fruits we shall know them (Matthew 7:16),” not by their words. Paul told Timothy to be an example of righteousness, faith and sound speech to others believers (1Timothy 4:12).

Jesus said that wisdom is revealed by its children, i.e. the output validates the process. The result you get is a pointer to the wisdom you manifest.

And James gave certain traits we should observe to distinguish between the wisdom from above from the demonic one. Heavenly wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, full of mercy, and good fruits, without hypocrisy, and partiality (James 3:17). That is the litmus test.

Daily (time gate)

That is the time commitment to seeking wisdom. It should be a daily. Life is in a cycle of 24 hours. If we are serious about anything, it must reflect in our daily routine. There is hardly any addiction, worth its salt, that does reflect in a daily routine.

The relationship with wisdom must be akin to addiction, for it to deliver to you. Job said that he loves the word more than his necessary food (Job 23:12). He needs food everyday but he needs the word that will give him wisdom more.

Wisdom demands that every day you take time to pursue it, for personal development, especially in the spiritual sense.

It is your investment in your spiritual life now that will speak down the line. What you have invested in fasting, prayer and the study of the word over time will deliver an harvest of spiritual abundance in your life.

This is seed time; all time is seed time (and also harvest time), spent in paying attention to the issues of wisdom or of foolishness. Paul said that we should not be foolish, but wise, understanding what the will of God is, redeeming (making the best use of) the time because the days are evil (there are strong influence to the evil around us) (Ephesians 5:15-17). There is something about the way I use my time that shows whether I am in wisdom or not.

Waiting (expectation gate)

Waiting is a heart posture. It is that sense of neediness, that hunger and thirst for righteousness that will be filled (Matthew 5:6). To wait means not taking any step, except it is dictated by the one you are waiting on. Therefore waiting on Wisdom means no action is taken except dictated by wisdom, with the realisation that wisdom is the way to the best result possible. The man in a hurry, thinking of alternatives, cannot access wisdom because then you will not have the patience to wait to be guided.

 

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One thought on “Wisdom’s gate

  1. I agree, it is so important who we listen to and who we follow. When in doubt look to the Lord and His Holy Word and we will be able to discern what is right. God Bless You and thanks for your support.

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