Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The world is an unstable place. Wisdom is in short supply. The reason is because most people are focused on the wisdom that comes from mankind. What we need is a super dose of God’s wisdom. For the next forty days, let’s seek the Lord for the Wisdom that He promises in James 1:5-8.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Here are some foundational truths upon which we will base this study.
- Wisdom is the application of knowledge so that it affects our actions.
- Wisdom begins with the knowledge of God – Prov. 9:10 – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
- The knowledge of God goes much deeper than just a knowledge of His actions, but to an understanding of His heart. We do not simply change our behavior so that it matches what we think God would do, but rather we allow God’s nature and character to change our heart so our actions are a loving response to God’s power in us.
- For this to happen, wisdom must be more important than anything else to our hearts – it must transcend all else.
I suggest that as we begin this study, that you read the first four chapters of Proverbs. As you read, have two different colored highlighters available. With one color, highlight all the verses that describe the consequences of not pursuing wisdom. With the other color highlight all the verses that describe the benefits of pursuing wisdom. Then consider which way you want to live. Don’t just assume you know the answer right now – do the exercise to gain the growth. This will touch deeply into your heart, so that more than your mind is involved. Your decision will be an act of your will, and it will transform your heart so that Godly action results. Then you will have gained wisdom.
Nothing in your life is more important than this development of character because it is the only part of our personal being that will stand in the presence of God someday.
I have been memorizing James and meditating a lot on wisdom, so this study is timely! (The memorization project is sponsored by WorldVenture.) I look forward to more insights on this important journey.