The character traits that accompany obedience to God are the secret ingredients to making the most out of life.

Wisdom may not change your immediate circumstances. Like Jeremiah the prophet, your wisdom may fall on deaf ears. The world around you will continue to make their own choices. And wisdom may not completely change your emotions. They are still going to alert you to values being threatened or celebrated.

Yet wisdom is its own reward. It is the currency of the kingdom. Wisdom is the crossroads of truth and perspective. And it colors the way we view the world, ourselves, and the Lord of it All.

When we walk in the true perspective of wisdom, we are empowered to trust God, to place our faith in him. There is no greater exercise of the human spirit. No greater reward.

On the other hand, if we choose to mock the realities of the world around us, we will find ourselves fractured. We will fully commit to a fake world while the spirit inside us longs for something more. Something true.

If we seek wisdom as a way to manipulate our circumstances, we make a mockery out of what wisdom has to offer. And we add to our suffering. But if we seek wisdom for all it is worth, diving into a godly perspective, we reap the benefits of God’s approval and a life full of reward.

“If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
– Proverbs 9:12