Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mosiah 12

When the wicked priests of King Noah questioned the prophet Abindadi, he scolded them in this way:

25 And now Abinadi said unto them: Are you priests, and pretend to teach this people, and to understand the spirit of prophesying, and yet desire to know of me what these things mean?
26 I say unto you, wo be unto you for perverting the ways of the Lord! For if ye understand these things ye have not taught them; therefore, ye have perverted the ways of the Lord.
27 Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding; therefore, ye have not been wise.

One definition of wisdom is "knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action." When I try to understand with my heart, I can know from the word of God what is true or right and then act accordingly. It's the application of knowledge in doing what is right that is the true mark of wisdom.

Wisdom comes from perspective that is possible with the help of God. The historian Will Durant wrote, "Ideally, wisdom is total perspective -- seeing an object, event, or idea in all its pertinent relationships. Spinoza defined wisdom as seeing things sub specie eternitatis, in view of eternity." In view of eternity -- the gospel of Jesus Christ blesses us with a view of eternity and helps put all things in life in perspective. It can be the seat of all wisdom and be our guide in discerning what is true or right.

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