Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defined the word “insight”as, “the power or act of seeing into a situation.” Wise living requires insight. Otherwise suffering will be multiplied. The book of Proverbs is devoted to sharing wisdom or insight for living. In chapter nine of that book we read, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.” Wisdom is pictured as a woman trying to help those who hear the call. She is rivaled by folly who calls for our attention as well. Which way will we turn? Certainly we should seek wisdom and run from foolishness. Where is wisdom to be found? Who can provide true insight for living? The Bible says “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Turn to God and see how your life will be blessed. How do we turn to God for insight? First, the Bible says we must fear the Lord. It is a fearful thing to stand in the presence of God who is the Creator, Sustainer, and Judge of all the earth. Sinful man. Is nothing and totally unworthy of this privilege. As we seek God, we should do so with fear and reverence. When we thus appropriately fear God, then we may seek to know him. To know God we must go to the Bible. This is how God has spoken and revealed himself to us–Romans 10:17. Knowing the Bible leads to knowing God and the insightful living which comes from that relationship. Two grand examples of insightful living shine in the Old Testament. I can not help but be reminded of both Jacob and Daniel. Both were exiled from their home yet they remained faithful to God. Their faithfulness to God was richly rewarded. Through trials and adversity both, became leading men in the most powerful governments of their times. Why? They were blessed by God and lived by his insight. Let us do the same.
Published by D. L. DeBord
Preacher. Systematic Theologian. Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Freed-Hardeman University. PhD student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Teaching, preaching, and training others to do the same. View all posts by D. L. DeBord