Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Perfect Gifts: Wisdom

The wisdom that God wants to give us is so much better than the world has to offer.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!

James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

It is easy to get caught up in the thinking of this world, to value what they say is important and pursue the things that they think are worthwhile. All of us have fallen into that trap because that is a part of our wisdom but God's infinite wisdom tells us that there is a better way to live and better things to pursue.

The pursuit of temporary riches and the pursuit of knowledge can consume all of us but these treasures are not the most valuable. If you are honest with yourself you will conclude just like King Solomon did that this is all a chasing after the wind.

We pile up all the toys that we can get our hands on (Proverbs 3:14-15), we spend our time seeking pleasure and higher education (Proverbs 3:5), but we forget that God has a gift that he is ready to give us that is far better and longer lasting.

Knowing Jesus, Priceless

Philippians 3:8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded  everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.
The person who is truly rich is not the one who has money, power or the most toys but the one who is wise, is loving, humble, obedient and faithful. Wealth has never made anybody happy, the world pushes that agenda but in the end those smiling, partying people on the television commercials are very far from happiness and real joy.

The person who is really wise is the one that seeks to know God and his son Jesus. The man that is "digging the word" everyday and treating it like the treasure that it is will find far greater wisdom. (Psalm 119:162) The only way that we can get to know God and have an understanding of him is to spend time in Bible study and prayer. (Proverbs 2:6)

Paul tells us that everything else is worthless compared to knowing Jesus, to obtain and possess Christ, the fountain of wisdom, "In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:3)

What is God's wisdom? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us some of God's wisdom and showed us how different it is from man's wisdom. Jesus tells us that the people that live for him, seek to have the same attitudes as him and act like him are the richest people that you will ever meet. (Matthew 5:3-12)

Wise men still seek him and when they seek him they become wiser still. Digging into God’s word everyday is the only way to receive wisdom from God that will help you get to know him better and help you gain his wisdom and understanding for the difficulties that will come your way.

Thank you for giving us wisdom Lord, since your wisdom is so different from mine I need your help to discern your wisdom each day for the situations that come my way.