My mom wasn’t a spanker. She didn’t believe in spanking a child for everything they did wrong. She believed in spanking, but thought it should be reserved for important lessons. Spanking was reserved to impart pertinent wisdom.
When I was in fifth grade my mom was a single mother. She had to work past the time when I got home from school. So, she made certain rules for me. One of them was I couldn’t have friends over until she got home.
One day I wanted a friend to come over to play. I didn’t want to wait until my mom got home. So, we were playing after school in my upstairs apartment and having a good time. Then I see my mom out the window! She was off early from work. I quickly looked for a place for my friend to hide so I could sneak her out of the apartment when my mom was in the kitchen. I hid her in the closet in the bedroom.
My mom opens our door and comes up the stairs to the apartment. She realizes something is off. She asks me what is the matter and I deny anything is wrong. I quickly peek over to the closet with my eyes. Big mistake! She looks over that way and walks over to the closet, opens the door and finds my friend. Needless to say, I received wisdom that day not to disobey my mother.
Another time, while living in the same apartment, I did something else that was dumb. We had neighbors downstairs and their roof was right under the bedroom window. I would climb out the window with my dog and play on the roof. We did this several times until my mom came early from work again and saw us. I picked my own switch from the tree to receive wisdom for that stunt (you’d think I would have learned my lesson to obey my mom, but I hadn’t).
We soon moved from that apartment to another one in the city. My grandma had come to visit. One afternoon we walked up to the convenient store on the corner of one of the busiest streets in the city. When we came out, I saw my mom pull up into the turning lane in the middle of the street to go home.
I was so excited to see her I dashed across the street to greet her. A motorcycle missed hitting me by inches. Wisdom was dispersed with the back of a hairbrush that time. Needless to say, I never dashed into the road again (I must add, however, I can count on one hand how many spankings I ever received).
You may get away with hiding things from your earthly parents sometimes. However, you can’t hide anything from your Heavenly Father. It doesn’t matter what it is or was. Hiding your sin is fruitless. After all, God is an all-knowing God and is present everywhere all the time.
Just like our parents spank us, God gives us spiritual “spankings”. However, many people don’t accept his correction and suffer the consequences. Let’s look at Proverbs 1:24-32
But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you – when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
God’s correction gives us wisdom. Do not ignore it! When you receive correction from God, act on it. Don’t be complacent.
When you see your toddler getting ready to put his hand on the burner of the stove, you stop him quickly and correct him. If he accepts your correction, he won’t ever do it again. If he doesn’t, he’ll burn himself as a consequence to not listening to you. The same is true between you and God.
How do you receive wisdom from God? You read the Word of God, spend time with him in prayer and can get wisdom from other mature, reputable Christians.
Now let’s look at the moral benefits from receiving the wisdom of God…Proverbs 2:7-12
He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair — every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse.
And in verses 20-22 it says the following:
Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.
Having wisdom from God helps you make the right decisions for your life.
Further benefits of wisdom are found in Proverbs 3:1-2
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commandments in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.
The Bible is talking about more than financial prosperity here. It is talking about prosperity in everything…finances, relationships, etc.
And more in verses 5-10
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Ask God about every major decision in your life. Who do you trust? Which loan is the better deal to buy the house you want? Use your common sense too. You don’t need to ask God which outfit to wear today, for example.
God warns us about losing sight of his wisdom in Proverbs 3:21-26.
My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble, when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
God also promises honor to those who are wise in Proverbs 3:35
The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.
I just gave you many scripture verses. I encourage you to read the first four chapters of Proverbs. There is a wealth of information regarding wisdom. God places great importance on wisdom. King Solomon in 1 Kings, chapter 3 knew this. King Solomon asked for wisdom above anything else and could’ve asked Almighty God for anything. Since Solomon asked for wisdom to lead the people of God, he was also rewarded with riches and honor.
Wisdom is the key to a safe and godly life. I will end with Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.