I want to be wiser than my enemies, in particular my biggest enemy, the enemy of my soul. The older I become the more aware I am of evil, evil activity and an enemy that is out to destroy people (1 Peter 5:8: “like a lion, looking for someone to devour.”). Meditating on wisdom and reading Psalm 119, which extols the value of the Word of God, I love this statement in Psalm 119:98-100,
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than my elders, for I obey your precepts.
God’s word makes us wise, wiser than our enemies and wiser than the teachers of this world who have all their education behind them. Even age does not compete with the wisdom that comes from the Word.
True wisdom goes beyond the pure accumulation of knowledge. Knowledge has value, insight is good, but how to apply knowledge and insight to our lives in a life changing way: THAT is wisdom. Have a look around you, intelligent and educated people are not necessarily wise, and one merely has to look at the outcome of their lives to realize that knowledge does not guarantee wise decisions for life. Lord make me wise.
It is wisdom that “is supreme: therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.” (Prov4:7-9)
If you want wisdom you have to go after it.
God gives some level of wisdom as a gift, but if you want more wisdom, you have to resolve to get it no matter what, or how difficult the path to wisdom becomes. This is not a once off acquisition; it is a day- to-day process of seeking wisdom in the word of God. Lord make me wise.
Why is wisdom so valuable? This is because “she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” She offers “long life in her right hand” and “her left hand has riches and honor.” She guides on paths for life that are “pleasant” and “peaceful.” She offers a good life to “those who embrace her” and blesses those who “lay hold of her.” (Prov 3:13-18) In Psalm 119:101 the psalmist says that the Word has “kept my feet from every evil path.” Who would not want that for their lives? Lord make me wise.
The word of God is the source of wisdom (1 Cor 2:13), seeking that wisdom as first priority for your life, it is the most important choice you can make. We see the value of choosing wisdom in Solomon’s life and like Solomon we can simply ask for wisdom. We do not have to wait for wisdom to come to us, we simply ask for it. Lord make me wise. James 1:5
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.
If we ask for wisdom, there are absolutely no conditions to receiving it. It is the simple process of reading the word and putting it into practice. (Matt 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”)
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. (Prov 4:5-6)
If it is this simple to be wise, why is there so little wisdom in the world around us? Why is there a lack of wisdom in our own personal lives?
We have forsaken the Word of God as the source of all wisdom.
When last did you read the Word and apply it? How often are you reading the Word? Is the Word, your first source of wisdom?
Lord, help me develop the regular discipline of spending time in your word, to match my regular discipline of brushing my teeth. Make me wise Lord as I become familiar with your Word and apply the truths to my life. As I consistently do that, I know that I will receive wisdom from You, because I asked for wisdom and You give it generously.
Lord make me wise. If you were challenged by this post, continue with the series:
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