Sunday, March 26, 2023
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding” (Proverbs 3:13 KJV).
What is the key to happiness?
History abounds with gloomy biographies of doleful individuals spending their whole lives seeking happiness—an exercise in futility. Brilliant philosophers, prolific writers, highly decorated military leaders, long-time politicians, affluent business leaders, innovative researchers, scholarly educators, and even respected religious leaders went to their graves utterly exhausted, completely frustrated, and totally miserable. Think about it; it is truly mind-boggling. We cannot estimate the total amount of time, energy, and resources they wasted to wind up at the end of their path with nothing to show for all their troubles! They were just more victims of Satan’s evil world system, an elaborate series of ingenious distractions designed to keep their eyes wholly off the God of the Bible and His purpose and plan for the ages. Without a meaningful context for anything and everything they did and said, they wished they had conquered nothing, discovered nothing, written nothing, made nothing, owned nothing, lived nothing.
Although Satan’s evil world system is in effect today, it has not yet reached its pinnacle. Starting in Genesis chapter 3, it has been strengthening these last six millennia, but will not culminate until the future time that the Scriptures title “Daniel’s 70th Week” (see Daniel 9:24-27). This is actually the context of today’s Scripture (and the entire Book of Proverbs): “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”
Knowledge is acquired or learned information. Wisdom is the skill of properly applying that knowledge in particular situations. Understanding is the ability to see how knowledge and wisdom form one overall coherent picture or plan. It is not enough to know. We must use wisdom (apply what we know). It is not enough to be wise. We need to gain understanding (fathom how what we know and apply thereby contributes to a meaningful “big picture”). It all starts by having the right knowledge, the correct information, and then putting that data into use so it conforms to that which the God of the Bible is doing….