I Kings 3:9, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people”
Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding”
So, what is wisdom? The psalmist wrote, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10) and Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction”. Fearing God requires that we get things in the proper perspective, like the fact that He is so much greater in every way than we are. Psalm 111:2 speaks about “The works of the LORD are great”. My brethren, the works of the LORD are the outworking of His love, strength, wisdom, foresight, will, and faithfulness to name only a few.
Thus, fearing God means coming to grips with this truth, and when we begin to recognize that our life is about God, and not about us, as much as we would like to think. 1 Corinthians 3:19 tells us, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God”. Compare that verse to James 3:17 which says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”.
My brethren, the next time you think you are wise in your own eyes, remember, you may be knowledgeable and have some insights in your small world, but compared to total wisdom, you (and I) and the other millions of people know very little. Even if we added all our combined wisdom together, compared to God’s, it’s nothing. God’s Eternal Word puts it this way in 1 Corinthians 1:19, “For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing”.
Solomon was a young man charged with the responsibility of governing one of the most prosperous kingdoms in the ancient Near East. Israel was a significant power then, her domain extending from the Euphrates River to the border of Egypt. Responsible for so much, Solomon knew he needed help. So when God asked the young king what He could do for him, Solomon didn’t ask to be healthy or wealthy. He asked to be wise (1 Kings 3:9). This request pleased the Lord. God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing, … I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart” (1 Kings 3:11-12). The word translated “understanding” in Solomon’s request (v. 9) actually means “hearing.” God gave Solomon a hearing heart so he could judge the people, and “discern between good and evil.”
Wise men and women hear God through His Book. Of course, they read other books, but they judge them all by God’s Eternal Word, because there is no greater wisdom in the entire world. My brethren, if you want wisdom, ask God for it, and not man who God created. The apostle James said, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). So, my brethren, where is the source of your wisdom coming from? True wisdom begins and ends with God, who is the author of it!
I’ll close with this … the truth that Jesus died for our sins and rose again is viewed as foolishness by the world. God’s greatest evidence to refute worldly wisdom is a transformed life when a person accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their life. What a privilege to bear this message to a lost and dying world! What a challenge it is to live it!
No wisdom gained through arduous quest
Can set a sinner free,
But God in wisdom sent His Son
To die for you and me. – D. DeHaan
God opens the door of His Wisdom to those who open their Bibles.