The Promises of God, Part 3 by Allan McGuirl
We have considered a number of promises in relation to God and man. We have seen how He watches over our circumstances and provides help and protection, but now we are going to zero in on a number of specific promises. Today we will talk about His promise of wisdom. Let us look at the definition of wisdom. According to Merriam-Webster, “Wisdom is knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life.” No one has more of that knowledge than the God who created us in the first place.
We read in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you.” Wow! Praise the Lord for this promise. God not only offers us wisdom, but he will not criticize us for not having enough on our own. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said in Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” When we put these two verses side by side, we can see that genuine respect for a holy God makes us humble enough to be open to His wisdom. On our own, we look for wisdom in all the wrong places. When we put God in His rightful place as our Creator, God and Master, then we recognize that true, dependable wisdom comes from Him.
How often have you heard man’s wisdom in the saying, “Do it now and apologize later”? That’s what King Saul decided to do. God had given him specific instructions for battle in 1 Samuel 15:22. Saul thought his plan was better, so he took the spoils from the defeat of the Amalekites and then decided to make an offering to God from the best of the sheep. God’s word through the prophet Samuel came to him very clearly, “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” Saul was rejected as king and his life spiraled downward until he became an unhappy, pathetic man.
On the other hand, we can look at King Solomon. When he was anointed, God came to him saying in 1 Kings 3:5, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon’s request was for wisdom, and the Bible tells us God was pleased with his request and not only gave him wisdom but wealth and power as well. At that point in Solomon’s life he feared God as his creator, God and master. Although he lost his commitment to God in the latter part of his life, he did know that true wisdom came from God. What a contrast there is between these two kings.
What do you need wisdom for in your life today? Don’t rely on man’s wisdom. We gain understanding and knowledge of God’s promises and truth by digesting His Word on a daily basis. Ask God, in faith, and he will give you the wisdom you need day by day, and decision by decision if you truly honour Him.
God bless you as you look to Him for wisdom today.
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