When God told the first man ever on the earth - Adam - to go forth and multiply, Adam had no role model but God. It could get absolutely NO better than this, because our Creator and Heavenly Father is the most perfect Father ever.
Look at the Goodness of God the Father to Adam:
- God created Adam.
- God gave Adam life.
- God provided everything Adam needed to survive
- God gave Adam a perfect home to live in, where everything was in harmony in the Garden of Eden.
- God gave Adam a mission to accomplish, and a work to do
- God gave Adam a beautiful wife for companionship, love and to help him oversee the Garden of Eden.
This was enough for any man to do. Yet Adam allowed his wife to negotiate with a snake, sin and then willingly went along with it. Later on, after they were expelled from perfection, Adam paid the price when one of this first sons, killed the other one. Cain murdered Abel over jealousy.
The Lord, our Good, Good Father, had to punish this original sin, which brought death, degradation and destruction into the world. These continue until this day. God still provided for His now wayward people, in spite of the massive Flood from Noah times, which changed the atmospheric and living conditions so much, that humans could no longer physically survive more than 100 years, down from 800-900 years pre-flood.
Even with the foolish, sinful and evil ways of all humankind since Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Paradise, the Lord continued to provide for all people, of all nations. He has provided food and the rain to grow and produce. He has provide work, through the various tasks and effort needed to provide and maintain the daily, temporal needs of all humans – even those who hate or ignore Him. He has provided the ability to comprehend the workings of the human body, so medicine can help everyone, with a good lifestyle. He has provided Wisdom, through His Holy and Eternal Word – the Bible, which has, is now and will always provide, the solid underpinning for a life well lived.
This instruction can be found all through the Scriptures, the very Oracle of God. The Apostle Paul listed and rattled them off, in clear present tense, in the New Testament. He gave the clearest of road maps to the Faithful about how we should conduct ourselves.
The Book of Proverbs, in essence, provides the Wisdom required to comprehend these commands from Paul. Without the ability to discern what is expected of us, following the teachings of the Apostle Paul (who was directly guided by Christ and the Holy Spirit to give them) would be simply an attempt at good works. Godly Wisdom is absolutely and 180 degrees in the other direction than Worldly Wisdom. Where do we find such a unique "wisdom"? The Bible directs us to start in the Book of Proverbs. In this short series, we will look at the many times the Lord provides the reasoning, hence the wisdom, of certain life choices. This kind of teaching is in short supply, in these modern times. Let's spread the word.
Godly Wisdom begins with the "fear of the Lord".
Worldly Wisdom comes from the wisdom and confusing, contradictory philosophies of man.
Proverbs 1:5 "A wise man will hear and increase in learning and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.
Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction".