August 4, 2013

Three distinct characteristics of wisdom


Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 KJV

King David taught a young Solomon that seeking God’s wisdom was the most important choice he could make. Solomon learned the lesson well. 

When God appeared to Solomon to fulfill any request he asked, the new king chose wisdom above all else. 

Among other things, Solomon understood that wisdom would help him know when and how to use the knowledge he gained.

The bible says that wisdom is the principal thing. In other words, it is the first thing. The most important thing. 

When the scripture says, “Your latter will be greater”, it is greater because of the wisdom or understanding gained from the past.

Here are two ways that one develops wisdom:
  1. Instruction - "Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it." Proverbs 8:33 NLT

  2. Devotion - "We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God." Titus 2:12 NLT
Some of us have received some bad instructions and give little devotion to the Lord and His word. 

We have been following or devoting much time to these bad instructions most of our lives. 

Some of us haven't received any instructions. We have just been winging it. Bumping our heads as we go.

Here are three distinct characteristics of wisdom:
  1. It is practical. The wisdom of God relates to life. James 4:17 "He that knoweth to do right..."

  2. It is divine. In other words, it goes beyond common sense. 1 Corinth. 6:12

  3. It is Christ - like. The Bible identifies Jesus as the “Wisdom of God”. The Bible also tells us about having the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5
I like how James puts it: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally... James 1:5


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