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How to Use God's Wisdom in Your Life
The Bible, including the Old and the New Testament, is full of wisdom showing us life from God’s perspective, through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The best thing about seeing life from God’s perspective is that He always guides you to the best possible courses of action through the use of wisdom. Ecclesiastes 8:1 says: “Who is as the wise man? And who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.” What a great way to tell us that gaining God’s wisdom can change us, from the inside out.
God’s wisdom is actually something we should use in our every day lives to discern or judge what is true, right, or of lasting value. It is something we should rely upon to give us the insight we need to navigate the murky waters of life. God is all seeing and all knowing. That means there is nothing that can happen to anyone that God does not know. There is nothing that any one of us can do that God does not see. That’s why it is possible for all who are alive and conscious of Him to call upon Him, simultaneously, and expect Him to hear each voice, individually.
Because we are human beings, it is hard for us to understand how God is able to be everywhere and know everything. But some things are not for us to know; they are for us to believe. With God, believing must precede seeing. That is what faith and hope are all about. If we believe in God’s infinite wisdom, we are able to trust Him to be with us through all the challenges and opportunities that living life on earth will bring.
Work Using the Power of Faith
When you put your faith and trust in God, He will lead and guide you through anything that comes your way in life. It will sometimes shock and amaze you to see how God is at work all around you. One week you might be knee deep in troubles, from unpaid bills and creditors, to problems at work or problems in your own home. And while you’re praying and waiting and trusting and believing that God is going to deliver you from your troubles, one way or another, you realize that He was at work even before you knew about the trouble. Before it even hit, God had already began His plan for helping to lighten your burdens, to overcome your hardships.
When you learn to trust in God’s word and His wisdom as much as you possibly can, as you're struggling with problems and praying about them, you should also be doing all you can to help yourself. As you are waiting and expecting God to provide divine guidance, use what you already know, and seek more information that might be helpful to you.
Remember, every day, to pray and work, to work and to pray while waiting on God. Because it’s not just the actual lightening of the burdens that will bring you peace, it’s also the trusting and believing. It is the expecting of God to deliver you, one way or another. In that belief lies the real burden-lightening empowerment. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11-13: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Trust the Power of Prayer . . .
Prayer is powerful. When your prayers are in action, and your work is in action, and you're waiting on and trusting in God, I believe He will send a soothing calmness to you, to let you know everything is going to be all right. The calm comes with prayer, because the act of praying is a physical expression of your belief that you can take your burdens to God and leave them with Him.
If you have been praying, listening to God and doing what you can to help yourself; waiting for divine help with earthly, human problems that seem insurmountable, when it's time, you will know God’s will. You might find that your devotion to working with a consumer credit management agency helps you to finally get a handle on your bills and your creditors. And while that’s being handled, you might find out that your boss’s boss noticed your dedication and hard work and wants not to just promote you, but to give you a whole new set of responsibilities because of the quality of work you've produced in the past, and your potential for doing well in the future.
Or maybe you'll find, because you never wavered in your faith and kept praying, and no matter how bad things got you kept following God’s instructions while you waited on Him to act, that a ray of light, finally, comes breaking through the darkness that had enveloped your life. Maybe a child who had been in trouble with the law, or a spouse who had been keeping you stressed out at home, finally began to see the light.
And now, after days, weeks, months, or even years of praying for things to change, your life begins to settle into a more peaceful realm. And you're grateful, because you prayed and you sought God’s wisdom while believing that He would respond to your request. You worked on handling challenges and problems the best way you knew how, understanding that God was at work all the time. There may have been lessons you needed to learn, things you needed to realize as you prayed your way through trials and tribulations. And because you remained in communication with God, He intervened and helped you when the time was right.
Get to Know Jesus . . .
Since we become like the people we associate with, it’s a good idea to spend time with Jesus every day. The more you know about His life and His teachings, the more enlightened you can become in managing your own.
In your journey to greater wisdom, seek to learn all you can about the life of Jesus. Learning about Him and what He went through on earth will make Him more “real“ to you. The more real He becomes, the easier it will become for you to allow His life to become a blueprint for your life. It’s easy to think of Jesus as a kind of “superhuman” who could never be seen as “one of us.“ But He was, in fact, a human being living on earth, even though He was the Son of God.
The following passage from Luke 2:40-52 talks about Jesus as a child, when it was first realized that He was filled with the wisdom of God. The Scriptures say:
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
This Scripture reveals that even as a child, Jesus demonstrated a mature kind of wisdom that astonished people. But since Christ knew that all true wisdom came from His Father, He did not question and was not surprised by His knowledge and abilities.
Don't Be Discouraged By Those Who Don't Understand
A passage from Mark 6:1-5 talks about a time in the life of our Savior when He was beginning to teach in His hometown. People there were not accustomed to Him teaching in the synagogues, and they questioned His wisdom. The Scripture says:
“And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.”
But Jesus did not allow to stop Him the questioning reception He received in His hometown. Although the Bible says He “marveled” at the unbelief of those who heard Him, He continued to travel from village to village teaching. Both of the previously mentioned passages, the one from Luke and the one from Mark, demonstrate that Jesus lived a life of challenge, just as we do. He was not always accepted for who He was, and even those who had known Him all His life did not always welcome Him warmly. And although He possessed the wisdom of God and had obvious gifts, talents, and abilities, people who knew Him still were not falling all over themselves to see or to help Him use them. Not everyone He met was supportive when He tried to use His God-given gifts to help others. But He persevered, because He knew what He had been sent to earth to do. He had a divine purpose, and His one goal in life was to fulfill His purpose.
If we allow it to, God’s wisdom will guide us to allow Jesus’ life to be the design or the pattern for our own—because God has a divine purpose for each of us. Some of us know exactly what gifts, talents, and abilities God has bestowed upon us, and others still need to discover them. But one thing is for sure. Jesus surrendered His life so that we, by following His example, could live more fully our own lives. Thus, the more we learn about the wisdom of Jesus and how He was able to execute God’s divine purpose for His life, the better equipped we will be to execute God’s divine purpose for our own.
Understand that It's Not Always Easy to Trust and Believe . . .
It can be hard sometimes to realize how God is at work in our lives, but if we truly know Him, and if we trust and believe in His promises, we know He’ll be there when we need Him, and He'll be right on time.
It’s not necessary for us to fully understand God’s wisdom in order to trust it. All we really need to understand is that His wisdom is so great; it doesn’t need our understanding it for it to work in our lives. When we learn to depend on God for our guidance in life, we actually become wiser. That’s because God’s instruction and His judgment are both righteous and perfect. Both instill within us a more mature understanding of things that come against us in life, and a more mature insight and instinct about the directions and paths we need to take.
God created a perfect circle of learning for us. it begins with getting to know Him, learning to listen to Him, and accepting that we must follow His guidance. Once we do this, He gives us wisdom that makes us understand and know His ways, and eyes that are more apt to recognize His guidance. That, in turn, teaches us to rely on Him even more for wisdom in all things. Doing this further increases our wisdom, and as we become even wiser, we accept even more wholeheartedly that we must always go to God for the wisdom we need to execute His purpose for our lives on earth. And finally, as you continue to grow and become more mature as a Christian, you begin to find never ending joy from living your life inside of God's perfect circle of learning.
© 2012 Sallie B Middlebrook PhD