If asked, how would you define wisdom?
1) The ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. 2) The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting.
Based on those definitions, everyone, Jesus follower or not, would consider wisdom valuable for success, safety, and well-being.
But this month you and I will dig deep into wisdom as part of The Faith Project. I want to study Godly wisdom. What wisdom is for a follower of Jesus.
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What is Godly wisdom?
What does wisdom look like for a follower of Jesus.
Why do I need wisdom?
How can I get wisdom?
How can I grow in wisdom?
How should I apply Godly wisdom to my life? In my relationships? With my finances? In decision making?
So, let’s start by looking at…
What the Bible says about wisdom?
Looking for wisdom in the wrong place led to sin:
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Genesis 3:6
Solomon asked God for it.
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 1 Kings 3: 10
God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. 1 Kings 4:29
And Solomon wrote Proverbs. (A good definition of a biblical proverb is “a short saying that expresses a general truth for practical, godly living. Google Definitions)
These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Proverbs 1:1–2
For the Lord grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Proverbs 2:9–11
Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with it. Proverbs 8:11
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Proverbs 9:10
Paul wrote the following about Jesus.
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. 1 Corinthians 1:30
And James wrote…
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
What is Godly Wisdom Today . . . for You and Me?
Like freedom (January) and love (February), wisdom is found in relationship. Our relationship with God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
No amount of knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, or insight alone will give us Godly wisdom. Because Godly wisdom is God-given. And it grows by getting to know Him and His will. True Godly wisdom will bless every relationship.
Our marriages. Our children. Our careers. Our friendships. Our big families. Churches. Communities. Etc.
God used much of the Bible to tell us about the wise thing to do in our relationship with Him and with others. And then He summed it all up in a few sentences.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29–31
Godly wisdom shows itself in love. But thankfully, God didn’t leave us there. He went on to give us lots of details of just how loving wisely should look.
So, I’m digging deep into wisdom. I’m asking God for the gift of wisdom. I’m spending additional time in the Word. I’m memorizing His promises. I’m spending more time in prayer. I’m listening for His voice. And asking for His help to follow wherever He leads.
Because God’s gift of wisdom when followed offers blessings…
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 the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. James 3:17
I have to admit I haven’t thought about wisdom much in the past. I’m guessing you haven’t either. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. Just following my regular routine. Just doing…
Which is why it’s my relationship to God that’s important. God wants you and me to be so connected to Him that living with His wisdom is our regular routine. Something we don’t have to think about. Something we just do.
Because He wants the best for us. And following His wisdom gives peace, gentleness, kindness, mercy . . . fruit.
Solomon said it even gives happiness.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. Proverbs 3:18
How cool is that?!
You and I chase around after happiness and it’s right in front of us all along. Right there in Godly wisdom.
I can’t wait to see where this month of The Faith Project leads us. I have a lot to learn and I’m hoping you will join me.
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