Wisdom as a New Year’s Resolution

Proverbs 3:13-20, New International Version

Sermon Notes from Karasheila Jackson

Solomon was the wisest man on earth at this time and having been blessed with the gift of exceptional wisdom from the Lord, decided to keep a record of what he learned through that gift.  He emphasizes the link between receiving wisdom and blessings, but also warned that we must accept the wisdom that disciplines together with the wisdom that brings blessing.  He also explains that finding wisdom is a blessing but we need to understand that to receive the blessings of wisdom one also must have the discernment to follow without judgment.  Ultimately Solomon is teaching us that wisdom is a characteristic of God which He offers to share with humankind.

Choose to seek out wisdom in the New Year.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, …” (Proverbs 3:13 NIV)
“When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13 CEB)


True wealth comes from finding wisdom.
“She is more precious than rubies; 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 pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:15-17 NIV)

Wisdom has a positive influence for a blessed life.
“She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. (Proverbs 3:18 NIV)  “Those who trust in their own reasoning are fools, but those who walk in wisdom will be kept safe.” (Proverbs 28:26)

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
True wisdom is found in obedience to God.


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