The Warm and Radiant Face of Wisdom

Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. -Ecclesiastes 8:1

I don’t know about you but when I think of a wise person, my automatic tendency is to picture someone very somber and straightlaced, possibly even a bit dour. Haven’t we all been a bit conditioned to associate wisdom with crotchety old men or strict librarians? And it’s true that wisdom often (though not always) comes from age and experience, not always pleasant experience. It is also true that a wise person is not likely to be flippant or frivolous. It would be an oxymoron for a wise person to habitually behave foolishly! And yet, the description we have here, while certainly not evocative of foolishness or triviality, does not bring to mind the sour face of hard-won knowledge or the impatience so often to associated with high intelligence either. Shining and without hardness, it brings to my imagination a warm and kind face, alight with joy and peace.

What should we expect but that the wise would demonstrate all the fruits of the spirit including joy?

And indeed why should it not be? If wisdom, like joy, if a gift from the Father of lights, the creator of joy, the happiest being in existence, and if it flows from fearing Him, knowing Him, abiding with and in him, what should we expect but that the wise would demonstrate all the fruits of the spirit including, peace, love, gentleness, patience, and joy?

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. -Proverbs 11:12

You see, it is the pride of life, the bitter spirit, arrogance, the fear of man, the desire to elevate oneself, that results in a sour, impatient, or haughty countenance. True wisdom is accompanied by humility, not pride. It is not concerned with the opinion of men, with proving or flaunting knowledge, or for gaining position or recognition, and with humility comes freedom and rest, a lightness and joy, for the wise man or woman is only concerned with pleasing the Father and does not serve the master of his or her own ego.

True wisdom is not concerned with proving or flaunting knowledge

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. -Romans 15:13

There is nothing wiser than believing in the God of hope, and there is nothing that will compare to doing so in terms of being filled with all joy and all peace. The haughty may possess the seats of knowledge in the ivory towers, but the wise can be recognized by the warmth and brightness of their countenance, by the love that is the earmark of the follower of Christ, and not by the hardness of heart or the bitterness that is the earmark of those who seek their own way, believing themselves to be wise and thereby making themselves ever more foolish.  


posted by Daily,
November 04 18

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