Living God’s Word – Pt. 2 Wisdom

The Scripture Verse we are looking at in these next three posts is:

Proverbs 23:23 NLT

Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.

Living God’s Word – Wisdom

First off! The questions that begs to be answered is …

What is Wisdom?

According to the New Bible Dictionary (Hubbard, 1993), the concept of wisdom found most commonly in the Bible is:

. . . the art of being successful, of forming the correct plan to gain the desired results. Its seat is the heart, the centre of moral and intellectual decision.

The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom. Let’s look at a few prominent verses:

  • Biblical Wisdom stems from the Fear of the Lord

And this is what he says to all humanity:  ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.  – Job 28:28 NLT

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.  His praise endures forever!  – Psalm 111:10 ESV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  – Proverbs 9:10 ESV

So, the Fear of the Lord (reverence, respect, honour, and obedience to the Lord) brings a forsaking of evil, understanding, knowledge, and insight.  Sounds so practical, doesn’t it!?

For the purpose of this post, let’s make some conclusions from what we have looked at.  It is apparent that given what John’s gospel says,

But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.      – John 20:31 NLT

we need to believe and have a relationship with Jesus to be connected to the Divine Wisdom of God.  As we place our faith in Him, His wisdom is expressed and revealed in and through us.  God’s wisdom in Christ Jesus gives us guidance for life, practical ability, and an awareness of God’s Divine Wisdom in all of Creation.

Wisdom starts with the Fear of the Lord which is a highly practical response of giving reverence, honour and obedience to who God is and what He has done for us, and we participate in the Wisdom of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 2:1-10 NLT gives us …

The Benefits of Wisdom

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.

Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.

Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.

For the Lord grants wisdom!  From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.  He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.

He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.

Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.

11 Wise choices will watch over you.  Understanding will keep you safe.

Action Questions:

  1. Have you asked God for wisdom in your life?
    • Be honest about the things that seem to be going wrong in your life and ask the Lord to give you His wisdom.
    • His wisdom is not always “logical”, he may want you to do something that doesn’t make much sense to show you that His wisdom is far better.
  2. Where do you lack faith?
    • Make a list of areas in your life or thoughts that you know you could use more faith in God’s plan and purpose for you.
  3. What has God gifted you with?
    • Spend some time being thankful for the things God has given you – ability, special skills, etc.
    • Ask the Lord Jesus to give you wisdom in using those abilities.
    • Ask the Lord Jesus to give you wisdom in all your relationships.