The Wisdom of Practical Obedience

Psalm 111:7-10
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. 

Real wisdom is not found in an elite college classroom or the training center of a Fortune 500 company. True understanding does not come by devouring books or conducting exhaustive research. Neither the blogger nor the consumer of blogs is necessarily prudent.

True wisdom begins when one action—holy reverence—is directed to one Person—God. Reverence is proven by practical obedience. Spurgeon wrote, “Men may know and be very orthodox, they may talk and be very eloquent, they may speculate and be very profound; but the best proof of their intelligence must be found in their actually doing the will of the Lord.”

The answer to the question, “Are you a wise person?” is actually answered by a follow-up question, “Is your reverence proven by practical obedience?”

Father, make me truly wise. Give me a heart that honors and reveres You. Give me the desire to carry out worship with practical obedience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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