Who Is Wise?

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things?  prudent, and he shall know them?  for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Hosea 14:9

The opening question in this verse is a searching one: “who is wise?”  That is a good question.  It is an important question because the answer to that question determines the answer to the second question dealing with “understanding these things.”  The wise person is able to understand the things of the Lord.

Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 111:10 both say that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”  If we want to be wise, it all begins with a healthy and reverential fear of the Lord.  That is the beginning of wisdom.  If we have no fear of the Lord, we are not going to obey His Word.  Without that fear of the Lord, there will be no wisdom nor understanding because there will be no fear nor respect of God’s Word, which is the Book of wisdom.  Wisdom also comes from obedience.  And, without a fear of the Lord, there will be no (or at least very little) obedience.

The second half of the verse tells us that “the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them…”  Without wisdom, you can’t understand that.  I like the simplicity of believing God.  I like the simplicity of the statement “the ways of the LORD are right.”  Whatever God does, it is right.  I don’t have to understand it.  I don’t have to like it.  If God makes a decision, it is right.  There is no question and no debate.  The ways of the Lord are right.  And “the just shall walk in them.”  How are we doing walking in the way of the Lord?  How would we be able to answer the question “who is wise?”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    ” I like the simplicity of believing God. I like the simplicity of the statement “the ways of the LORD are right.” Whatever God does, it is right. I don’t have to understand it. I don’t have to like it. If God makes a decision, it is right. There is no question and no debate…”

    Convincing and comforting at the same time. I maintain: He made me, He redeemed me – He has a right to decide what’s best for me. Why do we take ages to accept the simple truths?

    “Whatever God does, it is right.” Full-stop.

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • “I maintain: He made me, He redeemed me – He has a right to decide what’s best for me. Why do we take ages to accept the simple truths? ” So very, very true. It’s often hard to remember that not only is my life better when He runs the show, but that He literally owns me, having “bought me with a price.” I guess it’s the old flesh rearing it’s ugly head once again.

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  2. I was reminded about a neighbor that told me no one does all that God says to in the bible. But His ways are right and the just shall walk in them. I’m all for asking Him to help me do this! 🙂
    God bless you as you stay close to Him today!

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