God’s Wisdom or Man’s?
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy,” James 3:17.
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work,” James 3:14-16.
Wisdom is an important attribute to have in this life. When one is wise, they are guarded against foolish and dangerous things that can happen in their lives.
But there is also a wisdom that one might have as a scholar, or one who has gained knowledge from a variety of different subjects.
One may be intelligent about history, technology, science, or art. Many have learned the fine art of debate. Some know how to dispute and make their arguments about different subjects. But God has made foolish the wisdom of this world.
“Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Corinthians 1:20.
When one is arrogant and self-serving, they are not wise. They may indeed find a way to climb the corporate ladder in a business, but they may also have trampled down many others in the process.
One is considered wise who holds their tongue. Instead of rattling off endless information, when one is aware of what the other person is saying, then they are “in tune” with the ebb and flow of a conversation.
This is especially true in a marriage relationship. When the dam breaks and the heat is on, things are said that can be hurtful or cause one to retaliate in anger.
But if one holds their tongue they are indeed, considered wise. And yet it isn’t just in being considered wise that is important, it is rather in how wisdom itself can guard a man or woman, and keep them from harm.
One would be fruitful in their dealings with others and find peace in these dealings with their fellow man.
But if one is full of peace and is reasonable, then their conversation with others can be fruitful.
It is an art to have learned this skill, and the tools and skills learned in this endeavor, can help one to live a healthy and productive life.
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men,” Romans 12:18.
Proverbs 9:10 says,
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.“
When one is reverent towards God they develop an insight and understanding that comes from Him, that then provides a key to unlock not only the mysteries of this life, but a template in dealing with the many issues that are encountered.
The type of wisdom that I am talking about is a deep thing and it is one that goes beyond our encounters with people, in preparing for the future, and in remaining silent when one offends us.
It is actually a relationship with God where in the deepest recesses of our soul and spirit, one sees the transitory things of this world in comparison to the timeless context of the kingdom of God.
One then sees not only these things, but then realizes that our life is a timeless thing as we then are also timeless because of our relationship to God.
One of the chief things is to get wisdom. For it is said that in the getting of wisdom, one then gets understanding.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all they getting get understanding,” Proverbs 4:7.
Solomon was considered to be the wisest of all men when he lived. He had acquired an understanding and a depth of knowledge of many things.
But even with Solomon’s great wisdom and understanding of matters of life and relationships, he had made the mistake of allowing wives and concubines into his life from other religions and philosophies.
He had not guarded himself from the influence of this, and in time it may have caused his downfall.
“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth, while as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the first parts of dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there; when He set a compass upon the face of the deep, when He established the clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep, when He gave to the sea His decree that the waters should not pass His commandment, when He appointed the foundations of the earth then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth; and my delights were with the sons of men,” Proverbs 8:22-30.
In conclusion, we are told to guard our hearts, for Proverbs 4:23 says,
“Keep your heart with all vigilance for from it flow the springs of life.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?
Thank you for this timely word. Amen.