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The Grace Project


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The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Proverbs 4:7.  I've been feeling unusually fragile recently.  I know why, I've had a sight problem - I can see all right but I've not been seeing aright. The trouble has been with my in-sight, my inner-sight.   
We quickly discover that wisdom is the perennial theme of the Proverbs, but why is it so important?  Wisdom is about our interpretation of things, people, events and so on.  So perhaps the answer could be as simple as this, the religious man is concerned with WHAT people see, whereas the spiritual man, the wise man, is concerned with the WAY people see.   It's the HOW you see things not the WHAT you see that counts...
As the saying goes, "When you change the way you see, the things you see change." To the pure all things are pure but to the religious minded … even the pure is considered dirty. That is because the religious minded are sin and self-conscious but the wise man is life and God-conscious. 
I know from my own life experience that if you see yourself as a failure you'll find  way to fail…! 
Wisdom begins I think with understanding the negative that seems to be so present in us and recognising that these negative feelings are in you, not in reality.   I've been trying to change reality when in reality I need to change my perception of it...
Hence Solomon goes on to counsel us - whatever you get, get insight (ESV) that's the key, the KJV uses the word 'understanding' and as good a word as that is it doesn't quite get us there; insight, that's the thing.  Insight is penetration: clear or deep perception of a situation, a feeling of understanding, grasping the inner nature of things intuitively.  
When you get an insight to the mind of Christ (your right mind) and look at the events and circumstances suddenly you'll see not only how all things work together for good but how all things are good…! That's wisdom.