by Pastor Tim Burt
It is a good thing to desire to grow in wisdom. It is wisdom that helps us consistently make good decisions and live our life out prudently and reverently before the Lord. Wisdom ultimately comes from God. Because people want to grow in wisdom and make wise decisions, they seek advice. Seeking advice is advisable but critical that it comes from the right persons. If not, you''ll find that bad advice is abundant and cheap. Proverbs 29:11 says, "A fool utters his entire mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards." And Proverbs 26:12 says "See a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him."
It seems like you can always find someone to tell you what to do. That is not the purpose of advice. Advice is to help you gather facts, information, insights, and the wisdom of others so that you can weigh them before the Lord in prayer and let Him lead you into good and wise decisions. It's important to really think about who you take advice from.
When you go on the quest to pray and seek God's wisdom, you'll find that God has a way of speaking His wisdom to you through various sources of godly people who know His Word - the Bible! It could be through your Pastor's message in church, through a Christian book you read, through a trusted friend over coffee, or through someone or somebody you least expect, suddenly! Godly counsel and advice that imparts wisdom from God’s word is the backbone of wisdom building.
Wisdom is the product of the following: the getting of knowledge, developing understanding of that knowledge, then the experiential understanding that comes from putting what you’ve learned to work, and finally the continued growth of knowledge and experience over the seasons of your life that become wisdom. This is the primary way wisdom is gained. But, there is another way wisdom comes and that is by the grace of God. It can be a supernatural impartation of what to do—wisdom, that comes suddenly from the heart of God as a gift! What I mean by that is that there are times where we need wisdom in an area where we’ve not grown in knowledge, understanding, and experience. That happens in parenting all the time! We've not been there before and we need to know what to do. God would normally have you seek Him in prayer and His word for wisdom, but, there are times when, by God's grace, He shows you what to do, giving you wisdom you couldn't possibly have known on your own. This is the operation of the gift of the Spirit called the word of wisdom. 1 Corinthians 12:8 reveals this saying, "For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom..."
Solomon was the recipient of this kind of wisdom at the beginning of his kingly reign. He was a young man and a new king, inexperienced in his new role. Two women were brought before him both claiming to be mother of the same child. One was obviously lying. What wisdom and experience could this new and young king have to discern how to get to the truth? The answer is none. Solomon leaned completely on the Lord for the wisdom he needed and because of it, we see God give him the word of wisdom. 1 Kings 3:23-28 NIV we read, Solomon said, "This one says, 'My son is alive and your son is dead,' while that one says, 'No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.'" Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: "Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other." The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, "Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don't kill him!" But the other said, "Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!" Then the king gave his ruling: "Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother." When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice."
This was wisdom outside of the natural progression of getting wisdom. It was supernatural and a gift of God's grace to accomplish the task God had given Solomon. We can always believe for God's grace for wisdom when we are executing something He has put in our heart to do.
There are times when we will need exactly this kind of wisdom—supernaturally, void of previous experience. That will be the exception, not the rule. As I said, God prefers that we learn His word and grow in wisdom so that it becomes deeply rooted in us. He promises to help you have wisdom and now you know that even when you’ve not had time to gain wisdom in an area, He is still there to supernaturally help you have wisdom!
James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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