Who Is Wise? Of course the answer is God.
“…Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his… …Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God…In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Dan. 2:20; 1Cor. 1:24b; Col. 2:3).
Those filled with the knowledge of Christ, having experienced the new birth in Him, and being filled with the fullness of God, have this wisdom within their grasp, simply by the asking.
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ…for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you…If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (1Cor. 2:16; John 15:15; James 1:5.)
If knowledge is, as stated in my posts last week, experiencing the truth of the facts before us, then wisdom is living according to knowledge. Wisdom is to knowledge what works is to faith.
The scriptures use the words wisdom and wise 590 times in the KJV, in 459 verses. This doesn’t include all the pronouns used, especially in Proverbs, to describe the wise. The Father has made known our need for wisdom and has supplied it to us out of His abundance.
The wisdom we are to seek is: “…the wisdom that is from above…James 3:17; For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND WILL BRING TO NOTHING THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRUDENT…for after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe…But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory…God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit…”(1Cor. 1:18,19,21; 2:7,10).
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?” The next part of this verse says, prove it. “Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” James 3:13.KJV & NASB)
“…Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom…Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation…For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.” (1Peter 2:12, 15, NASB).
Wisdom from above is, “…first pure…Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God…ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth…see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently;” (Matt. 5:8; 1Peter 1:22)
Wisdom from above is, “…then peaceable…”Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall see God…If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men…avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, VENGEANCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY, saith the Lord.” (Matt. 5:9; Rom. 12:18,19).
Wisdom from above is, “…gentle, and easy to be intreated…speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men…Titus. 3:2.
Wisdom from above is, “…full of mercy and good fruits…Be ye merciful, as your Father also is merciful…For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance…” (Luke 6:36; James 2:13; Gal. 5:22,23).
Wisdom from above is, “…without partiality… If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin…” James 2:8,9
Wisdom from above is, “…without hypocrisy…Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”Rom.12:9,10.
When you examine the list of wisdom’s traits, what do you excel in? Where do you need to ask for more wisdom?
Wisdom is a gift from God given, “That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Cor. 1:29-31.
Praying we would all be filled with the gift of wisdom from above to the glory of God.