Wisdom Without Passion is Not Wisdom

Biblical wisdom is designed to transform lives. As the Proverbs teach, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom. Wisdom is not neutral or passive. Wisdom thrives on passion and love for God. Take this example from Joseph's life. The woman provocatively grabbed Joseph's clothing with such force it was clear that only one thing was on her mind. Joseph's response was also swift and passionate. He tore himself away, leaving her holding on to his cloak.

Such a passionate response is not simply an academic decision. Joseph's response was like Job's. Job feared God and shunned evil. Wisdom driven by passion protected Joseph. This same dynamic is true for your children. If there is not a passionate desire for wisdom, they will not be protected from evil.

Here are three factors that led to wisdom protecting Joseph:

  1. A passionate love of wisdom — so much so that Joseph was driven to flee from the grip of sexual temptation.
  2. Joseph was tied to the specific content of righteousness. If something was not righteous, it was morally repugnant to him.
  3. Joseph was intensely aware of God’s presence in his life.

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