You are what you eat. What you put in is going to have an impact on what you have available to put out. Good worldly wisdom. And, not without biblical precedent. After all, the law of the harvest says you’re gonna reap what you sow (Gal. 6:7).
This morning hovering over a verse in proverbs reminding me that what’s true about our plate and our planting is also true about prudence.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
(Proverbs 13:20 ESV)
Wanna be wise? Hang with the wise. Wanna grow in skillful living? Keep company with those who are living skillfully. Makes sense? I’m thinkin’ . . .
Learn from the wise. Imitate the wise. And, eventually you’ll become wise. Wise advice.
However, ours tends towards a foolish culture. We really value going it alone. Marching to the beat of our own drummer. Prizing authentic self over transcendent truth and what we can learn from others. And when we do connect, too often we’re not looking for wise people as much as we are people who think and sound like us. We don’t really want iron that sharpens iron (Prov. 27:17) — after all that involves clashing and friction — instead we tend to prize validation.
But if we believe God’s word — that just like the food we eat and the fields we steward, whoever walks with the wise becomes wise — and if we value wisdom, then wouldn’t we make walking with the wise a priority?
And who are the wise? Well, it starts with knowing who IS the wise and finding others who walk with Him and He in them.
But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. . . And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
(1Corinthians 1:23-24, 30 ESV)
Jesus. The wisdom of God. Wisdom from God.
Wanna become wise. Walk with Jesus. And walk with people who walk with Jesus.
Not complex. But oh, we live in a world and in a time and in an age where for so many it’s also not easy. Too busy. Too suspicious. Too cynical. Too hurt. Too wrapped up in too much stuff which has so little value for eternity. Too many things compromising and competing with walking with the wise. Keeping us from a daily appointment with Wisdom Himself. Keeping us from frequently and regularly gathering with others who are indwelt by Wisdom.
Lord Jesus, be our wisdom even as we purpose to walk with You. And help us to trust You when You say that we also need to walk with others.
Only by Your grace. Always for Your glory.