Is there wisdom apart from God? I think the answer is yes. What’s the point, then, of pursuing God and His ways? We all know intuitively that human wisdom only takes us so far because it becomes inevitably corrupted by our human selfishness, weaknesses & failings. Our hearts are always engaged in our decision-making process, and too often we find that we don’t trust our own judgment with regards to emotions (with good reason). If we need guidance, a good place to start is with He who knows us better than we know ourselves.
“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense. Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit. The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble. Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards. Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.” (Proverbs 12:11-15 NLT)
“People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.” (Proverbs 10:17 NLT)
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”(Proverbs 11:25 NLT)