7/19/14

Wonder and Our Wisdom

The wisdom of God makes me wonder about Him sometimes. I simply cannot understand what He's doing. But it's foolish to jump to conclusions about the Lord.

Proverbs 3:7 says, "Be not wise in your own eyes." Instead, we need to "fear the Lord, and turn away from evil." The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 111:10a)
Isaiah 5:21 takes this a step further and says, "Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!"

Part of my wonder over God is knowing that I can never completely know what He is thinking. He is omniscient; He knows everything - and I, as one of His simple creatures, do not.

But on the other hand, the Lord gives us wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-6). The apostle Paul says to believers: "... we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16b). And Jesus told his disciples, "... everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15b). And after Jesus' ascension to heaven, He left believers the indwelling Holy Spirit who guides us (John 16:13-16; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16) and reveals truth to us.

Given all the wisdom we have from God and His Word, it is foolish to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6; 12:15).

One of the most amazing scriptures about God's wisdom is 1 Corinthians 1:25. On the surface, it appears God can be foolish, but the meaning is: those things that God requires, commands or appoints for us may seem foolish to people; but there is simply no comparison between God's wondrous wisdom and the "wisdom" of the world. He is the source of all true wisdom, and the wisdom of this world is "folly" with God (1 Corinthians 3:19).
The "world system"ungodly secular philosophies, anti-God worldviews and false religionsviews the cross and Jesus' sacrifice as "foolishness," but those who have been transformed by its power appreciate the wonder and wisdom of God in sending His Son to die for the sins of the world.
Many powerful wisdom principles are found in the book of Proverbs. The writer of Proverbs urged his son to make his ear "attentive" to wisdom and to incline his heart toward understanding (Proverbs 2:1-2). The Lord, he said "stores us sound wisdom for the upright" (v. 7).

When we sow wisdom, we reap many benefits. It will "keep" and "guard" us; and when we prize wisdom, it can lead to honor (4:5-8, 13). Proverbs also encourages us to walk with the wise, because their wisdom can rub off on us (13:20; see also 1 Corinthians 15:33). Wisdom is an advantage in moving toward success (Ecclesiastes 10:10b). It will also help us fight our battles (20:18; 24:6).

While the Spirit of God gifts some with unusual wisdom (1 Corinthians 12:8a; Ephesians 1:17), we can all ask for and receive more wisdom (James 1:5). In fact, wisdom was the one thing I remember praying for as a little girl.

Taking all of these scriptures into account, I see at least eight ways we can grow in godly wisdom. We can:
  • Seek God's heart and perspective.
  • Pray and listen for His voice.
  • Read and meditate on Scripture.
  • Evaluate and discipline our thinking.
  • Compare biblical and secular philosophies.
  • Obey the Truth and reject worldly ideas.
  • Heed godly counsel.
  • Choose our friends carefully
How are you sowing God's jewels of wisdom into your life?

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