Archive for March 13th, 2018

Wisdom is not a word you hear in everyday conversation. We hear about knowledge, opinion, real and fake news, but not wisdom; yet the Bible talks about it in the strongest of terms. “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:5-7).

The Magi are known as the Wise Men. They made it their life’s work to search the stars for meaning, to discern the mysteries of the universe. One day, their charts indicated something so extraordinary that they embarked on an epic journey (possibly around 800 miles) in order to see the evidence for themselves. Their curiosity compelled them and they trusted their instinct, their innate sense of wisdom.

Herod’s response to their arrival in Jerusalem was very telling. He seems to display no natural wisdom, but instead looks for answers from his advisors. This shows so clearly the difference between wisdom and knowledge. The chief priests and teachers of the law knew the scriptures – the bare bones of truth – but had no sense of revelation to accompany it. Once in possession of these details, Herod embarks on more fact-finding and, ultimately, more poor decision-making, all the time relying on human resources.

In reading God’s word, I suggest that we are in some way like the Magi of old. We search its pages for meaning and try to un-earth hidden gems of heavenly origin. This is good, and to be encouraged! However, if we want wisdom, we need to understand that it is far more than acquiring knowledge. Job 28 speaks eloquently on the topic. “Where does wisdom come from? …The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom…” James urges, “If any of you lacks wisdom. He should ask God…” (1:5). In other words, wisdom comes from God. Certainly, we need hearts and minds that seek after God and His truths, but if we desire wisdom, we must ask God for it.

His answer may come in different ways. Like Solomon, we may find an ability to be discerning in the midst of confusion. We may find we have the right words to say to someone in trouble. We may have a sense in our spirit about a particular course of action. But we can be sure of this: wisdom comes from God, and always points straight back to Him.















Spend some time asking God for wisdom and for His revelation of truth to fill your heart today

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