Formations lesson for August 11: Wise Wealth
July 26 2002 by Haven Parrott , Proverbs 10:1-15

Formations lesson for August 11: Wise Wealth | Friday, July 26, 2002
  • They are rich in relationships and in righteousness.
  • Their diligence is rewarded by a plentiful harvest.
  • They are bursting with blessings.
  • Their legacy is an asset, not a liability, to their descendants.
  • They are sufficiently prosperous to satisfy their physical needs.
  • They serve up a sumptuous fare of life-giving counsel from their vast storehouse of knowledge.
  • They are supremely secure because their integrity is impeccable.
  • Their discernment is deep and their love is lavish.

    Wisdom involves discerning what's important, what matters and what lasts. The place to dig for wisdom is God's word. It is declared in Prov. 2:6: "For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding."

    Wisdom begins with taking God's word seriously, and eventually leads to the discovery that wisdom is not found in a place, but a person. The word made flesh, "in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2: 3). The wise person drinks from the bottomless well of Christ and thus, avoids spiritual dehydration.

    By contrast, the fool knows where the wisdom well is, but never makes the effort to lower a bucket. Those who forsake the fountain of Living Water end up drinking from leaky reservoirs (power, greed, prestige, adventure, self-gratification) that always run dry. Such wells are just too shallow to last for all eternity.

    There is no drought of wisdom. If we are spiritually parched it is because we are looking for refreshment in something or someone other than the One who said: "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life" (John 4:14).

    Those who drink from the well of wisdom are likely to become channels of blessings to many parched pilgrims. Flood me, Living Water! The banks of self erode. Wear down the rocks of my resistance: let nothing dam Your flow. Surge through my life, Holy Current! Bend my will to Your course; Wind Your way to the desert downstream: lead the thirsty to Your Source.

  • Friday, July 26, 2002

    Formations lesson for August 11: Wise Wealth

    By Haven Parrott Proverbs 10:1-15

    A well on our property supplies the water my family needs for bathing, drinking, cooking, cleaning and flushing. I confess that I haven't given the well much thought until recently. But these days, I find myself thinking a lot about that hole in the ground, for I'm beginning to realize the depth of that hole is what will determine the extent of my family's comfort, convenience and cleanliness until the current drought is over.

    Dry spells tend to make us think about the depth of our wells.

    Unpacking this passel of Proverbs has me wondering about depth in other areas of my life, for this passage is about the abundance that flows from a life in which the well of wisdom runs deep.

    Wealth comes from wisdom According to Solomon, those who seek wisdom will generally enjoy a life that is abounding in affluence, regardless of economic and environmental drought, the wobblings of Wall Street, or the ever-shifting sands of circumstance. Consider the wealth of the wise as described in Prov. 10:1-15:

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