It’s December, aka the silly season. A time where people are out doing all kinds of crazy things. Things that they wouldn’t normally do. All in the name of having some extra fun at the end of the year.
It is at this time of year that wisdom is absolutely vital in every decision we make. In fact, wisdom is so important at this time of year that a foolish choice could cost you your life.
In order to help you make better decisions this year and in the next. I am going to give you three characteristics of truly wise people. These three characteristics of truly wise people were inspired by the wise men who went in search of Jesus.
1- Truly wise people FEAR GOD
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and to fear the Lord implies that we do not fear anyone else.
The wise men demonstrated that they feared God above all else. They boldly went to the king of the time and told Herod that they were looking for real King of kings. In essence they were telling Herod that his rule and reign was coming to an end.
To some, what the wise men did was dangerous and foolish. But we know that they were wise because they feared God and not man.
2- Truly wise people HEAR GOD
At the time leading up to Jesus’ birth, almost everybody in the East would have seen the star that the wise men saw. However, it was only the truly wise men who could discern that God was actually speaking through the sign of the star. Because truly wise people hear God.
God speaks to us in various ways. For example, He may speak to us through a physical sign, through His Word; the Bible, through the Holy Spirit, as well as through other people. However, it is only the wise who discern that it is truly God speaking. Foolish people will assume that it is just coincidence or some other random event.
(For more on the topic of hearing God, check out this post http://marlonroliver.com/how-to-hear-from-god/ )
3- Truly wise people are NEAR GOD
The last trait that we can glean from the wisemen is that they did whatever it took to get near to Jesus. Because wise people are near God.
In the new testament we understand that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that God lives in us. So being near to God is not a theological argument but it is symbolic language for living our lives in a manner that is conscious of God presence being with us all the time.
So in conclusion; wise people fear God, hear God and are near God.
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