02 July 2013

What is Wisdom?

"Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding". Proverbs 4:7

"Get understanding" is a powerful word of wisdom. In order to get understanding you have to ask God for it and then seek after it. "But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you" Matthew 6:33. We seek "His kingdom" by reading the bible and learning the ways of God. When we learn the ways of God, we receive understanding.

So what is Wisdom?
"Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom" Psalm 111:10

Did you know Wisdom is one of the 9 Spiritual Gifts found in 1 Corinthians 12?  Unfortunately, not everyone is chosen to be gifted with wisdom. Most people need to seek after it. The word wisdom is used over 200 times in the bible. Clearly, we need wisdom and understanding in order to make right choices and decisions in our lives. Every day we are confronted with choices that may or may not be beneficial to us. Many of us are heavily influenced by friends and family who may unintentionally lead us into trouble if they don't posses wisdom. Sometimes our own personal desires will dictate the choices that we make.
When you study the bible, the choices you make will be a result of Gods influence in your life. You won't marry the first dude that comes along (who doesn't share the same faith and beliefs as you do) because your tired of being alone. You won't frequent psychic hot lines hoping to hear something great is in store for your future. You wont ink 10 thousand silly tattoos all across your body and then regret getting them when your 50 years old. When you know the ways of God it affects your conduct. You'll think twice about plotting revenge on people, sleeping with someones spouse or dabbling in addictive narcotics. A wise person puts bright ideas into action which results in a positive outcome. Wisdom is truly divine! "But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere" James 3:17. As you can see, wisdom has wonderful characteristics as well.

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom:

"Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong" 1 Kings 3:9

By age 20 or so, Solomon was named king of Israel. In a dream God told Solomon to ask for anything he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom so that as the king he would make right decisions for the people. God was extremely pleased with Solomon's request and granted his wish. God also blessed him with unbelievable wealth and honor when he didn't even ask for those things.
King Solomon is a great example of someone asking God for wisdom and receiving it. This is a request I know God will grant every single person that asks lol! Check out this scripture, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking" James 1:5. Most of the time we don't ask God for the right things. We want money, vehicles, wardrobes and we struggle to obtain these things because we don't make wise choices. It's not enough to just have earthly intellect. The bible says, "For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom" 1 Corinthians 1:25. So true. Gods way is the best way even when it seems foolish. 

Let's pray and ask God for Wisdom!

Heavenly Father I ask for a discerning heart so I can make wise choices in my life. Give me understanding of your Holy Word so that your influence will affect every decision I make. Surround me with people who are full of your wisdom to strengthen and encourage me in this area. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer, in Jesus' name. Amen!!




1 comment:

  1. Hey Ty. I just read your blog on Wisdom. I am not sure I have not seen your recent blog posts. This is just wanted I needed to read. I will keep on asking G-d what is his will for me and the strength to carry it out! What is it he wants me to do and then trust that he will lead me every inch of the way. G-d Does Give more than i can handle and I am allowed to take it slow. Thanks for all the Wisdom and Insight Sister Ty Happy B-day ! Hadassah