As I contemplated this column, I began to think of the various stories and amusing tales I have heard over the past year. Some I cannot include here, for they would make the dead blush, but others I think may benefit us all.
These involve wit and wisdom. Wisdom can come from wit; wit can reveal a morsel of wisdom.
Zig Ziglar, is the Minister of Wit and Wisdom. He said, “I am of the opinion that Christians should be a little like a paper mill. I once heard a story about a mama skunk and her babies. The skunk family one day passed close by a paper mill. (If you've never been close to a paper mill you'll get the drift of this right away.) One of the baby skunks, almost overcome by the odor sniffed the air and said, ‘Mama, what in the world is that smell?’ The mama skunk sniffed and answered, ‘I don't know, but we've sure got to get some of it!’”
His wisdom is simple. He says, “I believe as Christians, we need to live an exuberant, joyful life so that when anyone sees us they will automatically say, ‘I don't know what that person has, but whatever it is, I've got to have some of it.’”
Recently, I overheard this bit of wit from a wise, older citizen of our county. “I took my wife out on her birthday,” he said. “Yep, we went over to Sylacauga to Wal-Mart. As I led her in, we strolled right past the red roses, beautifully arranged and waiting for some sap to purchase them. We ventured down the candy aisle, with its huge selection of assorted chocolates. But these were not the destinations for me, no sir, we were heading for the Greeting Card aisle. Upon entering the well lighted and well maintained cards, we passed by the sympathy cards, birth announcements and graduation cards until we found the section I was looking for-the Birthday Cards.”
“I said, ‘Honey, pick out the card you admire, the one you like the most, read it, then place it back in the rack, then we will head back home for supper.’”
Can we find any wisdom in that bit of wit? I think I do. I think I would advice you, before you did something like that, make sure the life insurance policy is up to date. As for me, I would make sure Jasper (my black Labrador/German shepherd mix) will make room for me in his dog house for several weeks.
Someone recently said, “There sure are a lot of smart folks dying ‘round here lately. Come to think about it, I don’t feel too good myself.”
Wit is humorousness, funniness, having or possessing a sense of humor. It also has to do with intelligence and sharpness. Wisdom on the other hand has to do with understanding, insight, perception, astuteness and good judgment.
When we speak of wisdom in regards to biblical wisdom, we turn to the book of Proverbs. This book was written by a very wise, astute king with great judgment and patience. The book is attributed to him, being called the “Proverbs of Solomon,” because he was the principal contributor, but it also called the “Book of Wisdom.”
Here you will find the wisdom we all need for our daily life. It speaks to us about relationships, money, marriage, life, liberty, and the correct walk, to name just a few. It is here that we find the wisdom in a life placed in God’s hands: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)
We are reminded that our fear of God is the beginning of wisdom: “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.” (Proverbs 2:5-7 KJV) In this mighty book we find that, “Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.” (Proverbs 28:5 KJV)
There is something for all of us in the pages of the Proverbs. I would challenge you to take this book and read a chapter each day-the chapter which corresponds with the day of the month-for the next month and seek wisdom, knowledge and understanding from God. He will lead you in the right path.