God Is Wisdom

For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth
come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6
Wisdom. How many times do we find ourselves wanting more of this? As we encounter the ups and downs of life, we quickly realize that wisdom isn’t just a want – it’s a need. We need it in parenting. We need it in the workplace. We need it in our conversations with those who don’t agree with us. We need it in our marriages. We need it for the big decisions but also for the minute, daily decisions. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t need wisdom.
 
Now, many of us are used to meeting our own needs. If we need food, we go to the grocery store. If we need rest, we sleep. If we need gas, we go to the gas station. We, for the most part, have accustomed ourselves to meeting many of our needs. Yet, this is only true for tangible things, but not for wisdom. We can’t buy it or grab it or physically see it.
 
So, when we seek wisdom, we first have to seek the giver of wisdom. ‘For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding’ (Proverbs 2:6, emphasis added). God is the one who gifts us with discernment and wisdom. What’s amazing about the wisdom he offers is that it is true wisdom.
 
Fake wisdom is too easy to find. It’s when we start finding ourselves as wise in our own eyes. It’s when we have little time to consider a different path of action because our way is the best way. It’s when we prioritize the approval of man in the decisions we make. False wisdom is all around us, and it stems from pride. In pride, we fall into believing that we are able to determine what is and isn’t wise.
 
This simply isn’t true, only God can do this. To fully grasp God-given wisdom, our worldview needs to change. Our minds need to be enlightened, and our hearts need to be transformed. The next couple verses in Proverbs help reveal how this happens in our lives.
 
He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Proverbs 2:7-8
 
How many times can we say we’ve been upright, blameless, just, and faithful? I know for sure that I am not deserving of God’s victory or protection in my life. I fall short in every one of these categories, and so do you. But, there’s hope for us because Jesus lived a completely upright, blameless, just, and faithful life for us. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, he takes our place as we take his. We go from blemished to blameless. From crooked to straight. From sinner to saint. We literally become children of God.
 
This is where wisdom starts. It starts when we enter the family of God, and God gifts us the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and discernment in our lives. So, let’s remember what’s been done for us. Let’s not forget where wisdom comes from, and let’s continue to ask the Father to gift us with his wisdom and discernment.

Questions to consider:

1) Do you find yourself gravitating toward fake, earthly wisdom or the wisdom that comes from God? Either way, practice praying and asking the Lord for his wisdom – he’s the giver.

2)  With God being the giver, take a moment and reflect on all the things he has given to you. Start with his son, Jesus, and go from there.

3)  Think about a current situation that either you or a close friend or relative may be going through, spend some time in prayer asking God specifically for wisdom and discernment.
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate

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