A Few Thoughts About Wisdom
What is wisdom?
B1 My simple answer is
C1 When a decision is needed, facts are gathered, and a beneficial decision is arrived at. 1 Kings 3:9 NLT Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?“
C2 It is also a skill for doing something exceptionally well.
D1 Individuals: Exodus 31:3 NIV and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.
D2 God in creation: Jeremiah 10:12 NIV But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
C3 It has the idea of problem solving and invention.
B2 All of God’s decisions are done in wisdom, love, and holiness.
B3 It is free for the asking! One needs faith in God, believe God, ask God, and do in what He opens our minds to understand. James 1:5 NLT If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
What is the source of wisdom?
B1 God is the ultimate source. He is omnisapient.
B2 Proverbs 2:6 NLT For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
C1 God is the source of wisdom.
C2 He has knowledge
D1 Which is all the facts
E1 In absolute perfect truth
E2 In the past, present, and future perfectly
D2 He knows all languages as DNA, computer programing, all creating beings languages in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
D3 It includes discernment, perception, and skill.
C3 He has understanding
D1 How everything works
E1 Of and by itself
E2 In a group
D2 For every circumstance imaginable
D3 All the reasons behind anything including motives, situations, and circumstances
What are the qualities of wisdom?
B1 James 3:17 NLT But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
B2 It is the opposite of God’s wisdom: 1 Corinthians 3:19-20 NLT For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” 20 And again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.”
B3 Wisdom of many different types, forms, and applications: Ephesians 3:10 NLT God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
B4 Man-made wisdom is dangerous. These are rules of worship (required rules), ritual (sometimes), church covenants (be careful in signing these), and believing all is well when the man-made rules are followed. Colossians 2:23 NLT These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.
What are some of the benefits of God given wisdom?
B1 Common sense and protects (from making stupid decisions): Proverbs 2:7 NLT He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
B2 Again, protecting from making harmful decisions: Proverbs 2:8 NLT He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
B3 Learning and understanding: Proverbs 2:9 NLT Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
B4 Joy: Proverbs 3:13 NLT Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.
B5 Assistance and how to answer in the time of persecution, apologetics, evangelism, etc.: Luke 21:15 NLT for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!
Making Godly decisions in wisdom
B2 Gather facts
B3 Seek counsel
C1 God first which has already been done
C2 Those Christians who have a reputation in the church for godly wisdom. The pastor may or may not be a wise person.
C3 Be careful. We are warned. Man-made rules give only an appearance of wisdom, not wisdom: Colossians 2:23 NLT These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.
C4 Be careful with whom you seek wisdom. Be warned: Colossians 2:8 NLT Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
C5 Those who have experience in the topic/area that a decision is to be made are helpful.
B4 Seek the Scriptures for a rule, a law, a principle, an example, etc.
A Few Thoughts About Wisdom