I’ve been thinking a lot about our dependence on others, so in the next few weeks, you’ll see some loosely related posts on dependence.
I’ve been reading Proverbs, looking for any evidence that wisdom can come from others. I’m actually surprised that, although there is much in Proverbs about receiving instruction and knowledge from teachers, or mentors, there seems to be no mention of receiving wisdom from teachers. I believe this is significant.
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. (Proverbs 2:6-7)
Again, James gives the source of wisdom, too:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
If we remember Jesus’ discussion about wisdom, wisdom is inextricably linked to God’s Word, and obedience. Without both, we cannot be wise. I think implied would be the necessity of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), but I see wisdom as coming directly from God, not through a mediator.
In Proverbs, Solomon is constantly imploring his audience to value wisdom, to seek for it. Could this be because wisdom must be earned by each individual? It appears this way to me. Clearly, Solomon saw the need to compile his book of Proverbs, so he is not suggesting there is no need for a teacher. But the application (i.e., wisdom) seems to be in most cases left to the individual. As a teacher of my children (and anytime God gives me opportunity to teach younger women), I can teach them the value of wisdom, I can encourage them to look for it, I can help them learn principles of applying Scripture to their lives, and I can teach the principles. But I cannot give out wisdom.
Am I missing something? Is there pertinent Scripture that I haven’t considered? I’m eager to learn more about this topic, so will continue to study!