Growing up there were a lot of negative words thrown my way. Things like, “dumb”, “stupid”, “you’ll never amount to anything”, “can’t you ever do anything right” . . . so there was this deep desire within me to be smart.
When I found Jesus (well, when He found me, and I accepted His call), and I saw this verse, I latched on to it with my entire being. I was going to be smart after all! But back then (44 years ago) I did not grasp the meaning of what wisdom and knowledge from the Lord really were.
Older now, and with a lot of ‘life’ under my belt, I feel that I do have a better conception as to how the wisdom we receive from God differs from the ‘smarts’ of the world we live in.
There are many people who have spent years at universities, obtaining vast knowledge about many things. Yet, they do not have a clue as to the wisdom that comes from God.
We’ve all heard the term “street-smarts” in regards to how some people survive out in this crazy world when they have been left to fend for themselves. That’s not either.
To better understand this wisdom . . . let me encourage you to read/study Proverbs 8. I know that helped me quite a bit with my own questions. Listen, specifically, to the last three verses, “Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:33-36 NIV)
This wisdom is instruction directly from God. It comes through His Word and through that still small voice – His Holy Spirit, within us. As we stay in The Word, in times of prayer, in times of listening, we WILL hear.
But hearing, dear ones, is not enough either . . . we need to walk according to what He tells us. This is what we call ‘Faith in Action’. James 2:17 tells us, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (NIV) Then he gives us the excellent example, in verse 22, Abraham – “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.”
From those Scriptures we know that we are to live out our faith – we do it by listening to God and obeying what He shows us. As we do this, His wisdom grows in our spirit. As we become like sponges – absorbing the nuggets of knowledge He provides – and by listening, we obtain the wisdom to live out our faith. How to make the right choices. How NOT to react to things. And, how to become stronger and more productive in this Kingdom life we are living here and now.
Not only that, but we begin to store up this Godly knowledge along with the wisdom on ‘how’ to apply it to day to day lives. This allows us to speak into the lives of those God bring along our path.
Dear ones, I know a lot of ‘smart’, ‘well educated’ people who don’t walk in wisdom. And, I know a lot of (by the worlds standards) people who do not appear to have much knowledge (perhaps they never even finished their lower level education), but they live and walk powerfully in Godly wisdom! If I had to choose between the two? I’d take the latter! Of course, in all fairness, I know a lot of people who are both . . . 🙂 Praise God!
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