Insight Is A Treasure1
Insight Is A Treasure
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.
Paul prayed for believers to be built up in the inner man. The Epistle to the Hebrews says that those who live by faith do so by seeing something others don’t see. They have inner eyes and ears. Shockingly it says that without faith it is impossible to please God. If faith comes as a result of seeing something in the inner man, it would seem that being able to see like that would be a primary goal. If we can’t see with the eyes of the inner man, we can’t properly believe, and we can’t please God. That would mean that everything we do is worthless as far as God is concerned—if it is not done as a response of faith.
Since Adam and Eve lost their inner sight, mankind has been operating primarily on external observation. Knowledge is limited. It is difficult to explain origins, purpose, evil, and eternity with external knowledge. So, we have praised hindsight. We often declare, “Hindsight is 20/20.” We then try to use what we have learned from the past to guide in interpreting the future. We also prize foresight. Those who seemingly have some special gift of seeing the future are revered. Their prophecies are treasured and cherished. But Wisdom tells us to treasure insight. It is the voice in the inner man that reveals God’s communication with us. He speaks often in whispers consistent with the gospel of his kingdom. When we notice it, respond to it, and apply it, the voice gets louder. When we neglect it, the external man grows while the inner man shrinks.
The last Adam displayed what living by the inner man was all about. He heard and saw the reality of God’s perspective and acted accordingly. We have been given the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. He gives us the privilege of hearing in the inner man. It is our stewardship to listen, record, respond, and teach what we hear.