So what is the concrete? Where do we get this wisdom and how will we recognize the real thing? We need to know for what it is were looking. Oswald Chambers clears that up for us:
â€œWhen looking back on the lives of men and women of God the tendency is to say – What wonderfully astute wisdom they had! How perfectly they understood all God wanted! The astute mind behind is the Mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the Divine guidance of God through childlike people who were foolish enough to trust God’s wisdom and the supernatural equipment of God.â€
The concrete we seek is Godâ€™s wisdom and He will supernaturally equip us to live this Christian life. Jesus promised:
â€œThen He said to them, â€˜Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My nameâ€™s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My nameâ€™s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.â€™â€ (Luke 21:10-19)
Is it not the most frustrating thing when you are talking about Jesus to a nonbeliever and they always seem able to one up you (I’m assuming you talk to nonbelievers about Jesus). The frustration is caused by your worldly wisdom; not by Godâ€™s. You see if you do not read and meditate on Godâ€™s wisdom there is very little chance you have much of it. And without that wisdom you will not be able to do what Jesus promises.
I want to go back to my testimony about asking God for wisdom. Have any of you truly asked God for this and I mean asking in faith, believing He will give it? Have you been foolish enough to trust Godâ€™s wisdom to the point of seeking after it? A reminder from James:
â€œIf any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.â€ (James 1:5-8)
Imagine building the foundation for your foundation and never calling the cement company? You stand around wondering why the darn foundation isnâ€™t being poured but youâ€™ve never called the company to bring the cement! If we are not seeking Godâ€™s wisdom through His Word then why should we be so presumptuous to receive it?
I would imagine that describes many of you without your realizing it. I didnâ€™t realize it until the summer afternoon in Germany when God placed it on my heart to seek after wisdom. Are you there yet?
Maybe you still canâ€™t believe that God would desire that you would have wisdom. I mean thatâ€™s for the pastors and Sunday school teachers, not for worthless old me. No, He wants you to have wisdom and His Word declares it. You missed it because the preacher never preached from the following verse so youâ€™ve never seen it in your Bibles:
â€œBehold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.â€ (Psalm 51:6)
There it is right in front of you. It is all up to you. What are you going to do?
I’ll be praying that you be a fool for Jesus and trust Godâ€™s wisdom.
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