Does God use a different kind of wisdom separate from the one He allows us? The answer is no. Just as there is only one Holy Spirit, there is one wisdom from above –James 3:17. The difference between God and humans is at what level we participate in these gifts. These gifts emanate from God and He does not struggle to use them, but we do.
Wisdom is a gift from God. It is know-how. When we live by God’s wisdom, He by that wisdom teaches us how to do the things of God, or to do things that are pleasing to God. In an active relationship with God, wisdom cannot be missing, but forms the dynamic foundation for the relationship which operates through the Holy Spirit. And this is the wisdom that acknowledges God and rightly accords first place to Him above all that exists, seen and unseen. But human wisdom by itself is not necessarily that elevated because it can be put to good and evil use. So when the Bible speaks of the ‘wisdom of the wise’ it refers to the wisdom that is worldly based; that is, from human understanding which denies God. Here, we speak of the wisdom which is a gift from God through the Holy Spirit, and which seeks to please God always. So what relationship has wisdom with vision and prophecy?
Prophecy exists and operates by the wisdom of God. And so does vision. There is no prophecy that exists outside of God’s wisdom, and visions and revelations have no life of their own without wisdom from above, unless of course they exist outside the realm of Christianity. Christianity here by extension or by inclusion reaches back to God’s revealed Word to Israel and the prophets arising therefrom. The gods of the nations, by contrast, also have their own utterances and revelations, which are classed outside of biblical prophecy.
Prophecy and vision are in line with God’s wisdom to do only one thing–God’s will! And the offshoots can go in various other directions. This blog space therefore, propheticwisdom.vision, is here to connect for you and for all, how God uses these three elements to advance His will on earth and to keep man, His creation, connected to Him for all time.
Wisdom Is The Principal Thing!
The Bible says that wisdom is the principal thing; it is the main thing! You have all the learning, formal and informal. You have acquired much knowledge. You have the training to excel at what you do, you do not seem to lack anything and are probably doing well in life. Is there any person somewhere who says you still lack something?
Well, the Bible says wisdom is the most important thing. To put your knowledge, your learning, skills, and life experiences to work, you certainly will need wisdom. Wisdom will be reflected in the decisions you make, in the associations you keep, in how you relate to and with others. Indeed, the total flow of a person’s life can show to us the level of wisdom available to the person and at use by that individual. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” –Proverbs 4:7 (KJV). By this Bible verse, we understand that the wisdom that works is one that seeks knowledge and understanding. In other words, the wisdom that uses facts and truth to justify its position is the most important thing. This is the kind of wisdom that will stop those operating in society from jumping to conclusions based on blind loyalty to others for example, because they will be informed by truth and facts.
To help us understand how this wisdom should work, Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” In other words, ‘the fear of the Lord,’ meaning the acknowledgment of God, His ways and His truth which all give us knowledge and understanding of who he is prepare the human mind to live and act by wisdom. Contrast this with ‘fools despise wisdom and instruction.’ That means these ones are not actual people of wisdom even though they can be wise in their own eyes, as is most often the case. God’s Word admonishes us to turn away from this kind of wisdom which leans on our own understanding to navigate the world–Proverbs 3:5-6. And is the parent of division, sectionalism, hatred, envy, and everything else which acts contrary to God’s ways. “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” –James 3:16.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive (to God’s ways), full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” –James 3:17. GET THIS !
Wisdom is Know-how. It is the greatest attribute of God yet. Then you ask, What of His power, His love, and all other great qualities associated with Him? Your question may be well thought-out, but this is the reality. He is an all-powerful God, but even God does not use His power without Wisdom. And so He devised a strategy for the well-being of the physical person on earth, and that will be called love (John 3:16). But love does not exist in a vacuum, it should and does live in our hearts. And something requiring a response, whether it is from human to human, or from God to people. As God would also have it, how to respond to His Love is also found in the scripture given above, among others.
Essentially two forms of wisdom can be identified–Godly Wisdom, and worldly wisdom. They have been portrayed in God’s Word as being opposed to each other. While worldly wisdom is concerned with the needs of the physical person and how to make it and/or make a mark on earth, for example, 1 Corinthians 3:18-20, Godly Wisdom on the other hand is concerned with the ‘prosperity’ of the total person on earth–body, soul, and spirit.
For insight on how Godly Wisdom works, James 3:17-18 among others provides a good example. “But the wisdom from above is first pure… impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” To get a good view of how God’s Wisdom works, it is important to look at some of the words used in this Bible verse: Pure–purity, impartial–impartiality, sincere–sincerity, righteousness–a harvest of righteousness, peace. How many times a day does anyone find people who are filled with and exhibit these virtues? Is that the problem of man on earth then? Worldly wisdom marks the fall of man, but Godly Wisdom marks the point of restoration. We can make it work! Return to God today and to the virtues His Word has clearly made known to us, and then submit. Submission is the key, and operates by wisdom from above. By this is meant that you need to tune in to that wisdom to experience the full potential of not what you think you can be, but what God wants you to be. Watch out for more on Wisdom!
It’s been quite a while. Actually like an extended holiday, unplanned though that may be. Some say 2020 crept up on us, others say it was fast paced. In any event, this is 2020 and grateful for this as with others preceding. Yet it is common knowledge that human experience mostly shows that in any given year, there will be events that bring joy and fulfillment, while others may not be so fortunate.
Planning for the year ahead may be based on previous experiences or on new and relevant information and/or learning, all aimed at having a better year ahead. While this may be based mostly on human wisdom, there is nothing wrong with it except there is a higher wisdom. The wisdom from above shows us how to prosper beyond material benefits. The question then is how can we find that wisdom and more importantly, how can we make the best use of it?
The answer appears a little far fetched. Who needs wisdom from above from one maybe who does not experience the same life situations as those who live on earth? How can any learn to be sympathetic with those going through problems they have never encountered? The answer is called listening. There is nothing the Lord God does better than to listen to those who will call on Him. To have your needs addressed to God with a view to finding a solution, you need to know first of all that He is listening each time anyone finds the resolve to speak to Him. He is the God of Us. He listens! Set out in the new year to speak to God and to learn how to do it effectively.