Get Wisdom II

Posted: January 15, 2015 in Pastor's Corner
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Applying heart, mind, soul, and strength to acquire wisdom is commendable. Industrious labor for the wisdom of God, knowing wisdom as instrumental in founding creation, is a pursuit for God himself. Great gain is obtained by the treasure of wisdom. “Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.” (Prov 8:10–11). If there is nothing in all our desire that compares with wisdom, then pursuit of wisdom is yet again a pursuit of God, (in no way meaning that wisdom is God). God even promises that if wisdom lacks He will give it generously to the one who asks; “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (Ja 1:5).

Pursuit of such wisdom mustn’t be for the sake of personal gain. Those who’ve asked and not received ask faithlessly, and selfishly. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (Ja 4:3). God doling out wisdom isn’t for the sake of the academy, personal gain, or impressing others; among many other sinful reasons for wanting to get wise. God’s gift of wisdom is in accord with faith in Christ and for God’s Glory, which in turn is our greatest good.

Nevertheless, with obtaining the goodness of wisdom, such pursuits are wearisome. Solomon the wisest man to ever live even expressed such sentiments, “And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with” (Eccl 1:13). Wisdom might be better than jewels but it is an unhappy business to obtain. The mere request of such things will not render them into our lap without effort. An assumption from wrongheaded intuition is that God is like a genie who grants wished and prayer is how we get things. Anyone who conceives of God like this and prays in like manner will be sorely disappointed. Apply your heart to seek wisdom, give due prudence to this endeavor — “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight” (Prov 4:7)

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