Recently I have been reading the book of Proverbs and my heading for today’s sermon is drawn from the first line of Proverbs 8 in the New Living Translation.
I am learning to love this chapter in the bible and proverbs have always been a big part of my life as I am sure they are for many Africans.
The first few chapters of Proverbs in the bible speak of the importance of Wisdom and I have found that responding to this call and asking my heavenly Father for wisdom is one of the most important things I can do to strengthen my ability to walk in the paths that He has set out for me and walk in obedience.
Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make you paths straight”.
I have learnt that the key words here are ‘ALL YOUR WAYS”. The wisdom described here is for all areas of my life…everything I do or say, everywhere I go!!!!
I have learnt to ask the Lord for wisdom as part of my prayers.
I know that I do not have enough of it! In James 1:5 it says –“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him”.
Like Paul says in I Corinthians 2, I do not seek the wisdom of the world but rather God’s wisdom (See verses 6-15).
This is taught by the Holy Spirit and brings rich rewards with it. When I apply God’s wisdom to everything I do then I feel at peace knowing that I am truly walking in trust with Him.
When I apply it in my relationships particularly in giving support or advice or even praying for other people then I am able to extend my blessings to those people – His blessing of wisdom blesses others through me. Without this I am acting in my own power and strength and there lies the opportunity for failure, disobedience, pride and arrogance and a perverted mouth (Prov. 8:13)!
In Prov 8, wisdom is described as calling out to us, asking us to listen to her, to come to her and gain Knowledge, Discretion, Counsel, Understanding, The fear of the Lord, Power and Prudence.
Many believe these are the seven pillars of wisdom referred to in proverbs 9. This is indeed an amazing package of spiritual gifts.
It is no surprise therefore that in V.11 wisdom is described as being better than jewels and ‘all desirable things cannot compare with her’. I am gaining a real understanding of how important and valuable Godly wisdom is to a Christian’s life.
I have also learnt that there is a big difference between earthly wisdom and Kingdom wisdom. It is not about being ‘clever’ and often what is wise in the Kingdom of God may indeed seem foolish to people of the world. (See I Corinthians 2:12-14) but that is ok.
Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One understanding”.
Personally I am more concerned about what the Lord thinks of me, than what people do! I would give all my ‘human intelligence’ away for just one drop of God’s wisdom in my life.
The last verses of Proverbs 8 really touch my soul…
“For he who finds me finds life
And obtains favour from the Lord
but he who sins against me injures himself
All those who hate me love death” (Prov. 8: 35-36)
I love God’s wisdom, I testify that He gives it freely…it is the gift by which I write each of these sermons….it is the fuel that drives me each day in all areas of my life…In faith I am going to keep asking for more and more, who am I to reject this amazing gift or ignore this wonderful offer.? Wisdom is calling out and I am answering….Yes Lord, Yes, Yes Lord!!!!!
Are you answering too? Read Proverbs 1-10 today and ask for your portion…already paid for by the blood of Christ so it’s all free!!!!
Have you got yours yet – and you can be ‘topped up’ every day, every hour, every minute, every second…for all eternity. All you have to do is ask in faith! Now that, my brethren is GOOD NEWS!!!!!!
Be blessed today and all days and may wisdom, grace and understanding be yours in the name of Jesus Christ, Messiah and savior of the world. Amen