Matthew 11:25 – At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God chooses to reveal Himself through faith and trust rather than by wisdom and learning. He has much more to do with the heart than he does with the mind.
My Advice – Be careful that you do not put too much faith into your education and in the “wisdom” of the world. In matters of faith, it is safer to remember the things that you put your trust in when you were a child than the things you learn from scholars and scientists.
James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – All too often we seem to compartmentalize our lives into spiritual matters versus non-spiritual matters or significant issues versus insignificant issues. We seek His will on the spiritual matters but worry and fret over non-spiritual matters. We try to solve the minor issues on our own but go to God on the major ones. We then compound the error of this incorrect orientation by applying worldly wisdom to solving the non-spiritual matters and minor issues while applying heavenly wisdom (at least we hope so) to solving those that are spiritual matters or significant. Instead, we should “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” applying heavenly wisdom as we seek His will on all matters, spiritual and non-spiritual, major and minor.
My Advice – Unfortunately, all too often we find that it is easier (or so we think) to rely on our own understanding rather than God’s. We buy into Satan’s deception (began in Eden) believing that the ways of the world are “desirable for gaining wisdom.” When we lean on our own understanding, which is worldly, thinking that we are so wise and learned, spiritual wisdom is hidden from us. We are blinded by our own devises. But when we, in child-like faith and trust, seek answers from above they are revealed to us. Thus, what we believe to be so hard, gaining spiritual wisdom and discernment is actually “child’s play”. It really does not take an Einstein. The truth is that God wants us to make right choices and wise decisions. That being the case, why would He make it hard for us to do so? He does not. In fact, James tells us that “[i]f any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. (James 1:5).” We actually make it hard for ourselves when we lean on our own understanding and do not acknowledge that His ways are best.
Coming Soon – An updated version of my Bible study “Got Spiritual Milk?” will soon be available in the Store link on my home page. What you see above is a short excerpt the chapter dealing with the seventh of twelve “steps” discussed in the study.
Consulting Our Baals
2 Kings 1:3 – “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the God of Ekrin?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – There are so many places to go for help that we are prone to neglect the only source of real help – our God and our Savior.
My Advice – Be careful who you consult for guidance and advice. Is it a Godly source? If not, be very wary of the paths that they suggest you take. Jesus is still Lord of your life and will provide Godly counsel through His Word, the Holy Spirit and other believers. Heed their advice, especially when it is at odds with worldly advice.
Wisdom, Insight & Understanding
1 Kings 4:29 – God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Learning and knowledge may be gotten from books and education. But wisdom, insight and understanding are a gift from God.
My Advice – You have learned much in college and have gained skills you did not possess before. But these are of little use or value without wisdom, insight and understanding. These you cannot learn at a university. You cannot get instruction in these from a book. But God can give them to you. Pursue these by pursuing a Godly life.
Step 7: Learn Spiritual Wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. (James 1:5)
A: Discovering the Truth
B. Exploring the Truth
We are wise once we begin to realize that the wisdom, scholarship and philosophy that the world affords are foolishness in the eyes of God. Leaning on our own understanding, which is frequently based upon these things, can lead us down crooked paths or detour us altogether. But trusting in God and acknowledging that His wisdom and guidance Continue reading “Learn Spiritual Wisdom”