Wisdom is not a subject talked about a lot these days, but it is extremely important, and should be sought after always. We know that God is LOVE but we cannot fully conceive of His nature. But one clear revelation The Word gives us is that God wants us to pursue wisdom. The stories in the Bible are there to teach us. Though his father, David, was “a man after God’s own heart,” always remember that God was extremely pleased with Solomon’s request for wisdom when God asked the young king what He could do for him. Solomon’s request showed God that he was more invested in pleasing God than he was with his own self-gain. His request for wisdom translates to him asking God to show him what would best serve God, knowing that whatever that was, it would ultimately circle back to serve Solomon and Israel too. God wants us to understand that about our own lives.
I love Proverbs as it begins with wise words from Solomon when he was totally in the Lord. It begins with, “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – and all- let the wise listen and add to their learning and let the discerning get guidance – for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings of riddles of the wise. The reverence of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:1-7)
For years I read a chapter from Proverbs a day. It is considered the ultimate wisdom literature, served as a guiding light for me, and I would encourage you to study it.
My Bible begins the book with, “Proverbs begins with a clear statement of its purpose – to impart wisdom for godly living.” Although most of Solomon’s words are to the young in Christ, they are for all who seek wisdom, and all of us will benefit tremendously from these wise words.
A fantastic New Testament source of wisdom is the book of James.
James, Jesus’ brother, a leader in the Jerusalem Church said, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from Wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such Wisdom does not come down from heaven, but is earthly, and unspiritual. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the Wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:13-17)
The message is simple. Actions that stem from God’s wisdom will take us where we need to be.
Let us seek Wisdom from our Lord of Love daily and consistently. We need only ask Him for it and He will freely give it. When we choose to live by and with our Lord’s Wisdom, we will automatically find ourselves living right, with excellent relationships, making good decisions, and operating from a place of all encompassing love as He would have us do.
Love you so, wonderful Beloveds.