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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Get good wisdom

Proverbs 3:13-18 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

Many, really, many, many, years ago I was looking forward to purchasing a newer car. It was time to let my very cool ‘67 Mustang go. I had rebuilt the engine, done some fun modifications, and it was super-fast, yet constantly needing more attention. That was fine when I was in high school, but then, going into college, working full-time, I needed something more reliable and better gas milage. So, I found a great looking Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. My friend was selling it to me, and I thought it was a good price and he said it just needed a little work!?! Well, I thought this friend knew what he was saying. He seemed honest, and it would be helpful to him if I would purchase it. The car was sporty, and he kept saying I would look good it. I looked over the engine but was not that familiar with Volkswagen engines, but he said I did not need to worry about that it was a good brand of car. He seemed to be knowledgeable, and I thought wise, because he was older than me. My mom was out of town, so she had asked me to talk to my uncle who owned and restored Volkswagens. I brought it over and though he liked the car, he started with the interior, the tires, then the issues with the engine, he then turned on a switch on the dash. When I had asked my friend about that switch, he just said that was nothing and I believed him. Well, when my uncle flipped the switch, smoke started coming out the dashboard. My uncle asked how much was the price of the car? I told him and he said for me to “absolutely not” buy this car. It’s a nice car he said but would take me months to fix it up and cost me well over what it was worth. I started arguing with my uncle because I wanted the car and my friend said it was a great deal. I listened to my uncle and instead bought my first Honda car. I thought I had all the wisdom I needed to make the right decision, but what I needed was to get some good wisdom. I am so thankful I had an uncle who had good wisdom. Good wisdom is worth getting!

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Now, it’s important where we get our wisdom. Good wisdom is that which has stood the test of time and is shown to be right, useful, and tested. Too much in our world we listen to people of influence, those popular people with a lot of fame and social status or followers on social media. It is empowering to have people listen and follow what you say, so they flex their words and give out their not-so-good wisdom. Why not get good wisdom from reliable sources, sources that are tried and tested, like God and His Word, the Bible.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

Ephesians 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Psalms 111:10 The fear (reverent respect) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

God and the Bible are great resources to get good wisdom. I know I have learned much and found incredible wisdom for life from them. What wisdom are you learning from the Lord? Getting good wisdom from God is a worthwhile pursuit.

Church is a great place to get good, godly wisdom. If you don’t have a church you regularly attend we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Seeking to get good, godly wisdom with you,
Mike