Wisdom is not to enable us to live independent of God. Wisdom is what enables us to understand the plan of God and partner with Him in executing it. We are never good enough to do it all on our own and never too bad to not be able to partner with God. Wisdom is what connects our minds to His.
God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. (1 Kings 4:29)
That verse has always been an inspiring verse for me. In-fact, ever since I read that verse, wisdom and understanding has been in my top list of prayer points.
Why is wisdom important?
2 reasons why wisdom is important :
1. Wisdom is required to finish your divine assignment.
After David died Solomon became King over Israel and while he was at a place called Gibeon the Lord appeared to him in a dream during the night. “God said; ‘Ask! What shall I give you?‘” (I Kings 3:5). It seems more like a dream right? The maker of everything we see, hear, know and more asking what you want.
Solomon’s answer qualifies as one of the greatest prayers in the Bible.” Here is what he prayed for: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (I Kings 3:9). Solomon was asking for wisdom to be a good king.
Solomon needed wisdom to be a successful king. Wisdom is what makes the difference in your pursuit of your destiny. Wisdom and understanding from God enables us to release an expression of creativity, leadership and excellence that gives God glory.
2. Wisdom as an answer to prayer.
God answers a lot of prayers by giving us the wisdom to handle what we need Him to do for us. If you don’t see God do it all for you, use the wisdom and understanding that He gives you.
I read this excerpt today of a Billy Graham interview :
“But I’ve discovered that God sometimes answers our prayers in a fourth way: By showing us how to solve the problem. In other words, sometimes we become the answer to our own prayers! We always want God to solve our problems instantly, but sometimes God wants us to deal with them on our own, as he gives us wisdom.”
Where does Wisdom come from?
“So God said to him(Solomon), “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.” (1 Kings 3:11-12)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)
People claim that wisdom is gained by experience and great knowledge etc. The above verses make it very clear that wisdom comes from God and wisdom that God gives cannot be bought or earned from anything else.
Who gets wisdom?
Solomon’s prayer was a great one because his heart was right when he prayed it. I believe wisdom is a result of where your heart is.
“To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26)
God gives wisdom when we live to please Him. Our ultimate goal in life should be to hear that God is pleased with the way we lived and loved. Throughout the bible, there are many verses that speaks about what pleases God. Here are some of them :
- God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right(See 1 Peter 2:19),
- Faith pleases God. (See Hebrews 11:6)
- Walk as children of light. (See Ephesians 5:8-10)
Ultimately, the ability to please God is birthed by His work in our lives. Our willingness to obey and submit to what God is doing in and through us is what creates a pure heart and a renewed mind.
What is your understanding of Wisdom from God?
How was wisdom from God empowered you to make a decision?