What Makes a Person Wise

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.—Psalm 19:7

As we look at all of the so-called government solutions that are supposed to improve our way of life in America, we see that they really haven’t done so at all. That is because changing a person’s environment does not change a person’s heart.

The Bible doesn’t teach that man is basically good, yet he does bad things because of bad influences. Rather, it teaches that man is basically sinful, and he is born sinful. He is not a sinner because he sins; he sins because he is a sinner. Sin comes naturally to all of us. The Bible tells us that. And it also tells us that human beings are capable of very evil things.

Those who believe that we can bring about a utopia on Earth through manmade solutions must be very disappointed by now. Because in spite of all our advances in technology, we still can’t change the human heart.

Yet Psalm 19:7 tells us, “The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” The Word of God gives us incredible wisdom.

A number of years ago someone asked me, “Well, Greg, what do you do when you come to a verse in the Bible that you don’t agree with?”

I said, “Change your opinion, because you are wrong.”

I don’t think that individual liked my answer all that much. But as Romans 9:20 says, “Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ ”

The Word of God transforms us and makes us wise. And if you don’t agree with the Bible, then change your opinion—because the Bible is always right.

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