Prayer: Dear God, help me yearn to know you.

There are two kinds of wisdom; Man’s ‘wisdom’ and God’s wisdom, the latter comes from knowing God.

It is important to know God. Why?

Proverbs 9: 10:  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

True wisdom comes from above, from the father.

The modern man perceives he does not need the knowledge of God {wisdom}, he trusts rather, in his own knowledge, in science, innovation, literature, philosophy, business, the stock market, education, research, space exploration and all others in their diverse arrays, as knowledge enough.

Human knowledge is good, commendable actually and God prides in this {God is pleasured by bright minds, and it is his will that man harnesses his power and intellect; that man continues in procreation; {Daniel 1: 17; Genesis 1: 28-30; Genesis 9: 7, I Kings 3: 7-14}. Let us look some supporting verses:

Proverbs 3: 7; “Get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, whatever else you have, get understanding.” {Acquire education, learn, study, read, and pay for it, if you have to}.

Proverbs 9: 6; “Leave your simple ways and you will live, walk in the way of insight.”

Daniel 1: 17; “To these four young men {Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah}, God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.”

Proverbs 3: 22; “How long will you fools hate knowledge?”

2 Timothy 1:17; “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

From these verses, we see that God indeed wants man to flourish in knowledge. Human wisdom, however, is not all there is. Man’s ‘wisdom’ is skewed and littered with selfish ambition, rarely does it seek to produce good fruits of peace, impartiality and sincerity.

Jeremiah 9: 23; “This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but, let the one who boasts, boast of this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for, in these, I delight.”

James 3: 13; “Who is wise among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual and demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But 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.”

Proverbs 3: 5; “Trust in the Lord your God and lean not on your own understanding.”

Proverbs 3: 7; “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”

Romans 12: 3b;  “Do not think yourself more highly than you ought, but rather, think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

The above verses clearly denote that man should not boast of his own knowledge, but understand rather, that there is a higher knowledge of the father. It is imperative that man remembers, he has a creator, who is wiser and good. His knowledge created this whole world including you. This creator knows you so much better.

Psalms 139: 1-3;  “For he knows when you sit and when you rise, he perceives your thoughts from afar, he discerns your going out and your lying down, he is familiar with all your ways, the hairs on your head are counted {Luke 12:7}, he knows your rising up and your sitting down…”

Proverbs 3: 19; “By wisdom the Lord laid the foundations of the earth {continental/tectonic plates, sea beds, volcanoes, mountains, landscapes}, by understanding, he set the heavens in place {orbits, ecliptic planes, axes, stars, galaxies, solar system, the space, gravity}, by his knowledge the watery depths were divided {continental shelves, oceans, the ocean trenches, seas, islands}, and the clouds let drop the dew {the weather, climate, seasons}.”

We understand therefore that God has wisdom, his knowledge is immense, multitudinous, you cannot possibly wrap your hands round it, neither can you grasp it, let alone understand or comprehend it, it’s incomparable. His wisdom is manifold {Ephesians 3:10}.

Isaiah 40: 23b: “No one can measure the depths of His understanding.”

Psalms 147: 5: “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”

Great News!

The good news is that God wants to share in this wisdom!

James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to them.”

Proverbs 2: 3-6; “If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will find the knowledge of God and understand the fear of the Lord. For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 3: 5; “Get {look for} wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.”

Proverbs 3: 7; “The beginning of wisdom is this; get {seek} wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, whatever else you have, get understanding.”

Matthew 6: 33; “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”

Matthew 7:7; Luke 11: 9-10, 13; Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” {Luke 11: 13; “…how much more will the father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Revelations 3:20; “Here I am I stand at the door and knock, If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with me.”

We can see that God is beckoning, imploring to us, earnestly asking and seeking for you, he wants to be with you, to fellowship with you. That is how much God loves you. Are you willing to listen to him, to accept and seek him?

But, how sure are we that God’s promise to bestow upon us his wisdom will stand? If we ask and seek and knock, will God answer us, will he give us, wisdom? Yes, He will! Let us look at a classic example in the account of Solomon, the son of David. Solomon before receiving wisdom was ‘wise’ enough to ask for God’s wisdom.

Here’s the excerpt:

I Kings 3: 5;

“At Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream and God said, ‘Ask whatever you want me to give you.’

And Solomon answered (v7);

“Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart {discernment; knowledge} to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern these great people of yours?”

Verse 10; “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said, ‘Since you have asked for this, and not long life or wealth for yourself, nor have you asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering judgment. I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and a discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both wealth and honor’ – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands, as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”

John 14: 14; “You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it

John 15: 7; “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”

But remember:

James 4:3; “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Note: Effective prayers are those that seek to serve the father and help others. God does not delight in self-centered prayers, and that is why he blessed Solomon.

What about God’s wisdom?

Why should we seek for wisdom? {God’s wisdom, not your own.}

Proverbs 2: 11-; “Wisdom will protect you and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse. It will save you from the adulterous and the wayward woman {wisdom will save you from the devil and his tricks}.You will walk in the ways of the good and keep the paths of the righteous. You will live and not be cut off from the land of the living.”

Proverbs 3: 13; “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. For you will be more profitable than silver and will yield better returns than gold.” {Among other things you will be precious, blessed with long life, have pleasant ways, you will be like a tree of life, fearless and above all, you will live an upright life in honor of God; {v 15-35})

Proverbs 3: 35; “The wise inherit honor but fools get only shame.”

Proverbs 9: 10-11; “For through wisdom, your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you.”

From all the verses, we understand that there is an equal measure of satisfaction and growth in the knowledge of God. Will you settle to rely on your own ‘wisdom’, you the created or seek to depend on your creator? The choice is yours.

Choose God, seek Him, you will find Him and you will know Him. He will change your life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.