I Kings 3: 9-14
True Wisdom Is From God
James 1:5 says, “5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
We go back into the Old Testament to read about Solomon, the wisest man that has ever lived. I Kings 3:9-14 states, “ 9Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. 14And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”
The first test of Solomon’s wisdom was in 1 Kings 3:18-28. This passage talks about two women that each had a child. One of the babies died in the night and the mother of the one that died took the live baby from the other mother to clam it for her own. Solomon had to find out who was the mother of this baby. So he decided to cut the baby into and give each mother one half. The mother of the baby spoke up and said, “give the baby to the other mother and not divide the baby. Solomon new then who the mother of this baby was and gave it to her.
Through out the Bible you will find that true wisdom comes from the Lord.
Do you consider yourself a person of wisdom or one that acts unwisely? Ask people that know you how you act.
God’s true wisdom is the perfect understanding of all things.
God has all the facts; He has the proper perspective on all things. God never has to revise His decision because of new information.
Wisdom and Knowledge
Wisdom and knowledge is not the same thing in the Bible. In Job 28:12 & 20, Zophar asks the question; “12But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?” 20Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
In verse 28 Zophar speaks of wisdom as fear (reverence) of the Lord: “28And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”
Now Job had this fear or reverence yet he was suffering. This fear of Job was only the “beginning of wisdom”. Psalms 111:10 explains this; “10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. “ Here again fear means reverence as defined in Strong’s Concordance. A true respect of God and what He can do for us. Proverbs 1:7 again explains wisdom as; “True wisdom is to justify God condemn oneself.” “7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 4:5-10; “5Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. 10Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.”
You notice in all passages that wisdom is always mentioned first. Notice v5 tells you to get wisdom and in v6, he tells you how. Preserve means to guard, and keep means to protect as one protects the apple of one’s eye. The best way to describe wisdom is to look in the Apocrypha. The 14 books of the Septuagint included in the Vulgate but considered uncanonical by Protestants because they are not part of the Hebrew Scriptures. The Roman Catholic canon accepts 11 of these books and includes them in the Douay Bible. This is a magnificent descriptor of wisdom. In Chapter 7:22-30 and 8:1 of the Wisdom of Solomon reads:
There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, 23beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
25 For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
26 For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
27 Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
28 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
29 She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
30 for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
1 She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.
Now we can see why God was pleased with Solomon when he asked for wisdom. Would we do the same thing, or would we think how nice it would be to have our bills paid and have lots of money.
Knowledge is information that sometimes leaves God out of a situation. Wisdom is the insight that puts God in the center of all things. You can have knowledge without wisdom. Knowledge is what we acquire through life by studying and learning through life’s trials. Wisdom comes by meditating on what we have studied and asking God to give us wisdom about situations in life. We get knowledge by trial and error.
We all need wisdom; we should pursue it as the number one priority. Sometimes we make decisions without the wisdom of God and this human reason or discernment is not always right. We need spiritual wisdom when we are involved in these activity’s:
1. Considering our life’s vocation.
2. Making financial decisions.
3. Considering marriage.
4. Educating our children.
5. Fulfilling our political responsibilities.
6. Uniting with a church.
If you are spiritually wise, you can see and hear things that the physical eyes and ears cannot. With spiritual wisdom, we are able to handle life’s difficulties with confidence and peace. We are able to view problems from God’s point of view. This gives us a peace that others do not understand. Romans 8:28 says it best: “28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. With God’s wisdom, we are able to face the trying and difficult times with the true peace of God.
Daily Bible reading wakes up your spirit man to be sensitive to God’s Spirit within us. There is a price to pay to have the presence of the Lord in your every day life. God wants commitment and dedication to Him.
Psalms 111:10 states that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Fear (reverence) of God is an acknowledgement of our dependence upon Him and recognition of His sovereign position as Lord of all life.
What characterizes God’s wisdom? How can we know when we have the wisdom of God? James 3:17 states: “17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
If our wisdom has these qualities, then we know we have God’s wisdom. If these are missing, then we are lacking true wisdom from God.