What's It All About Wisdom-Knowledge-Understanding?
What is it all About, Wisdom Knowledge and Understanding?
A Brief Study and look at Wisdom
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise. Ps. 111.10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Pr.1.7
If you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Pr.9.10
The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom,
and humility comes before honor. Pr.15.33
Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. Pr.23.7
I find it interesting that in the world system there is the desire of men to want to have knowledge; knowledge above and about everything, so that there is a superiority allowing them to be one up on their neighbor; keeping up with the Jones’ so to speak, for the explicit purpose of being on top. The 'Art Of War' being a corporate bible of survival.
There is very little mentioned in the corporate world about wisdom or understanding of what to do with this knowledge. Instead experience is the manifold key and money is the bottom line, regardless of the man’s moral or ethic standing. There is little regard for the employees and the dominating thought is cost cutting. I have learnt over the years that the people best suited to assist you with the ability for any company to go forward are the people who daily work in the front lines of the company. Wisdom is seeking out the advice of those who have the knowledge and understanding of the inner gears. (See Pr.15.22)
Very few companies rely upon this as a commodity and part of the reason is that unions have caused a nasty separation between upper and lower management and caused a rift with the worker. This is not the case for every company, there are many other factors. I am not against unions I am for co-operation with purpose, fairness and benefits for all, but this is becoming almost nonexistent for blue collar workers who hold our countries together.
I remember a young man an engineer, coming as plant manager to a brand new factory in my hometown. He was given the task of setting up the machinery, heavy metal presses and such on the plant floor. Without studying the blueprints of the designers he simply walked onto the bare floor with a measuring tape and began marking spots for the heavy equipment to be placed. Needless to say he made some very unwise decisions and it cost the company additional moneys in set-up because he failed to place machinery on special pads already designed in the floor plan. His job came to a sudden end. We will all face the music of unwise decisions.
The Wisdom To Believe
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." 1Cor.18-31
5 The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Is.33.5,6
In the church a Pastor’s wisdom is found within his “Fear of the Lord” and his love and dedication to the sheep.
Will he be perfect, not a chance, but his humility will be key to where and how he leads others? This is also to be foremost in our life as members of Christ’s chosen body.
What God says to this.
For this is what the high and lofty One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
"I live in a high and holy place,
but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite. Is.57.15
"This is the one I esteem:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit,
and trembles at my word.Is.66.2
These are things that you do not learn at seminary, only after you have been out in the desert, or through the fiery furnace or in the storms, or gone many days without food, or have found yourself running from the Lord or you have found out that the sheep have teeth. You wake up on the threshing floor and the Lord is crushing you wanting to get rid of every bit of chaff and stuff of the flesh and then he puts you in the wine press for a little more crushing, all so your character is redeemed and the spirit is saved to the fullness of all that Christ is to be in you. Resistance is futile; oh you will resist, you will run, you will try to hide and you will end up under a broom tree depressed and the Lord will come and say, “What are you doing here?”
If you have the determination to get this far as a leader and have not quit and taken a job in the corporate world, then God’s design for you will come through and you will understand the purpose for which you were chosen as servant to his most precious treasure, us!
If a pastor has not run the gauntlet of God’s testing, trials and disciplines, and come out the other side with the intercessor heart of Moses, the fortitude of Joseph, the wisdom of Daniel, the strength of Joshua, the character of Nehemiah, the heart of David and sought the wisdom from Solomon, somewhat ingrained in their character I might question if they have been with Jesus. The mark of the cross will be evident in their lives and also for those of us who pursue God on his terms.
At the same time we must understand “He is a man”, needy and desires the full support of the body, ready to encircle him with love and shields of faith deflecting the enemies darts, those who will stand in the gap for him, his family as the watchmen over this ministry no matter the size. We have a huge responsibility to this and not just looking for the music to stimulate our flesh or the messages to tickle our ears. We will need wisdom to camp around us and instruct us for battle and Holy Spirit holds these qualifications.
What are the rewards of this?
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord. Acts 9.31
Paul’s heart, character as leader, and prayer wisdom.
17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. Eph.1.17,18
God’s intent for us.
9To make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eph.3.9-11
Why are they to be made known to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places? Have you ever thought about this?
This is the display of the wisdom of God through the foolishness of preaching the cross. For the cross is at the crux of life for all men and by it and through it will come the demonstration of a man’s choice, to agree with the cross as the wisdom of God and to participate in its redemptive power and process as the wisdom afforded to us who believe or to be condemned by it.
Jesus Christ through his willingness on our behalf because of the love of God, so intense for us, that He Jesus made a spoil of the power of the enemy (Col.2.15) of which we participate in daily through our life an example of that resurrection power, to us who love God and our brethren, which is the true test of pure Christianity. (1Jn.3.10,4.11,16,21) This foolishness showing forth the power of God in us who believe.
Wisdom needed for the days to come.
13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3.13-17
Our Responsibilty to Wisdom
With wisdom, knowledge and understanding, let us represent the fullness of Christ to the world around us, but especially to those of the same faith, therefore fulfilling all the law and the prophets, by “loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and loving your neighbor as yourself.” Mat.22.37-39
Eph.2.19-22, Rom.13.8, 10; 15.1-5
The author of proverbs has spoken of wisdom by using these terms, SHE and HER!
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
Prov 4.6 Do not forsake wisdom and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
8.11 ...for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Since he is writing from the male perspective you get the point that SHE is to be loved, nurtured, cared for as a man would love and care for his bride. i find this fascinating to think of wisdom with this much endearing value and to be honored above all things. No wonder God was so good to Solomon, when his first desire was for this precious gift.
May we have this same passion growing and engulfing our heart.
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