If we are to get wisdom, where do we start?  What is the source of wisdom, where can it be found?  Many will tell you that with information and knowledge, we are surrounded by wisdom.

But despite all the information available to us, the world seems less wise

Solomon himself told us that:

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.” (Ecc 12:12)

All this information and knowledge is not the source of wisdom.  All the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God.

For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (1 Cor 1:19-20)

The worlds wisdom is spiritually dead; it does not recognise and understand spiritual things.

“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

God’s wisdom and the World’s wisdom are MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.  The one is spirit, and the other is spiritually dead with no power beyond this world.

Wisdom comes from God, available to us through Christ Jesus.  HE is the SOURCE of all wisdom.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111.10)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov 9:10)

Let’s clarify that the “fear of the Lord” is not to be scared of Him, but rather to have appropriate respect and reverence for the Lord, understanding your position in relationship to Him.

  • God gives wisdom by REVELATION. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God” (James 1:5).
  • Wisdom functions by REVELATION. The Holy Spirit has to reveal it to us.  Without the Holy Spirit, we do not understand spiritual things.  God chose that wisdom would only be available to us through the Holy Spirit who would facilitate revelation and the growth of wisdom in us. (“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.  No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” 1 Cor 2:6-7)
  • Without revelation, it is FOOLISHNESS to our minds. “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Cor 2:14)
  • We are to GROW in wisdom and in truth. (“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” (Col 1:28)

“Therefore, beloved, since you already know these things, be on your guard not to be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure standing.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (2 Peter 3:17-18)

Lord, Your word declares the depth of Your wisdom, reminding us that none can know the limits of Your understanding.  Your wisdom as the Creator is as vast as the universe itself, and your thoughts more than all the grains of sand in the world.  Your wisdom is infinite and eternal, pure and perfect. You are the beginning of wisdom; You hold all wisdom; your wisdom is superior to all the collective wisdom of the world.  Thank you that Your wisdom is not hidden from us, but revealed to us by Your Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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