- The Practical Wisdom of Proverbs
- Walking in Wisdom
- The Source of Wisdom
- A Life Well Lived
- A Choice of Two Paths
- The Wisdom of Repetition
- The Desires of Your Heart
- The Small Surrenders
- The Humility of Fearing God
- The Characteristics of the Wise
- The Art of Listening and Speaking
- The Wisdom of Speaking Less
- Persuasive Peacemaking
- The Folly of Loving Money
- Don’t Waste Your Wealth
- The Theology of Wisdom
- The Wisdom of Submitting to God
- Wisdom and the Sovereignty of God
Wisdom is about cultivating a higher sense of “the good life”—not giving ourselves in exchange for power, popularity, or possessions, but submitting to the calling of Christ.
Submitting to God
Imagine for a moment that God did give you everything you wanted—a sort of cosmic vending machine. Would you still seek after Him with your whole heart? Chances are, the material, temporal goods would crowd out an eternal perspective on what really matters. Filling life with temporal things, after all, has a way of distracting us from our true best interests.
God calls us to the wisdom of submission to His purposes. His plans are always better than what we would have chosen for ourselves. When we surrender everything to Him, we discover what life is truly about. But when we seek freedom on our own terms, following after our will instead of God’s, we actually experience enslavement.
Keeping the End in Mind
We are meant for more than this world can provide. Wisdom teaches us to meditate on God’s truths to keep us oriented toward eternity. We must obey God now in every area of life—in our businesses, homes, vacations, schools—cultivating character that reflects His image.
Obedience to God is not easy, but adversity has its role in strengthening our relationship with Christ. Ultimately, we will never regret an act of obedience to God because there is a telos, an end goal, for our obedience. We will gain so much more than we lose in this temporal arena—we have a far better destiny than we would choose for ourselves apart from God.
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The Proverbs transcripts used in this video are available online.