We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.
I love reading the Bible. It fills me with an awe that isn’t associated with any other kind of reading. I know it was inspired by God himself and written by many authors. It’s easy to see the varying writing styles of the authors. The writing of Luke shows details that might be noticed by a physician. Other books of the New Testament are written in a different style, with longer sentences and longer paragraphs. When I read the book of Colossians, I find myself mentally cutting down sentences to their main subject and verb. When I cut out many of the adjectives and prepositional phrases, I’m able to see the point of the verses so much more clearly.
For instance, if you read Colossians 2:2-3 and simplify the two verses into one sentence (cutting back from 48 words to 16 words), it might boil down to this: I want you to know Christ because when he reveals himself, he reveals wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 1:9 (above) tells how to pray for someone. It continues with Col 1:10, “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” These two verses help us to understand that God isn’t trying to withhold his wisdom from us. When God fills us with the knowledge of his will, he is giving us a little of his wisdom at a time, so that we aren’t overwhelmed. He does this so that we can bear fruit and grow in the knowledge of God. When we grow in the knowledge of God, we are so filled with the glow of joy that we have to share it. When we share it, we are able to bear fruit through our obedient actions.
Several places in the Bible show us that God wants us to seek him out and ask him for new information. We should be asking God for wisdom and understanding. He allows us to communicate with him through the Spirit of God so that we have not just information, but someone to guide us through the information. We can read that in 1 Corinthians 2: 12, “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
As you seek God this week, be prepared to receive new information by his Spirit, the one who guides us into all understanding.
The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
I don’t think that many of us earthly parents have heard our kids tell us, “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” That comes from Psalm 119:68 where someone said it to God. God, our Heavenly Father, wants to hear that from us every bit as much as we want to hear that from our kids.
If we want to hear that from our kids, we should be taking the time to learn from God. If God is our Heavenly Father, we will trust his correction and learn his ways. We can’t be good parents if we’re not watching the best example of a good parent. We can learn how to pour our wisdom into our kids by the way God helps us grow in wisdom.
Proverbs 1:23 reminds us of the call of wisdom, “Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.”
The obstinate fool will ignore wise correction in order to have things under their control. We all want things to go our way, but that’s not always the way of wisdom. Can a wise person hear the call for repentance and not do some immediate soul searching?
Just as someone who wants to build his muscles must use his muscles, one who wants to wants to have more wisdom must use the wisdom he has. Everyone starts small and builds with what they have. If not all personal trainers are equal, then it follows that not all who call themselves wise are actually wise. Be careful who your teacher is. If your teacher is not terribly wise, you also will be not terribly wise. The teacher can only train you with what they already have achieved for themselves.
In Isaiah 48:17, we read, “This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” With this, God was fussing at stubborn Israel. He was reminding them who he is and why they should be listening to him. God wasn’t trying to get their attention in order to sell them something. He was simply trying to help them along the right path.
God is a good parent to all who run to him. As a good parent, he wants to teach his children how to think things through so they know why they should be doing a particular thing in a particular way. Parents don’t really want blind obedience. They want smart, thoughtful children who obey and know what they’re doing is the best way. They want children who trust them.
If you don’t have a wise teacher, maybe you should think about getting a new teacher. God lets us know all through the Bible that he is available for us. And he’s a great teacher.
Thanks for seeking God with me today.
The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here.
Whether you’re starting a new school year in kindergarten, high school, or college, starting school begins a new season in the life of any student. School is an important place. Those who hunger for valuable knowledge search for helpful teachers. Students must be ready to listen, adapt, and obey teachers in this new season of learning.
If you’re in a new season of learning, looking for a new job, or beginning a new marriage, you’ll need wisdom.
In Proverbs 4:7, we read, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” I love that. Basically, it tells us that if you want to be seen as wise, don’t stand around telling people you’re wise. Get wisdom. Don’t put the word wise in your email address. Just get the wisdom. Don’t start a blog about how wise you are. Just get the wisdom.
How do you get wisdom? You can read about getting wisdom in the Bible. We read in Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” If we want to listen to wise teachers, to whom should we turn? People in the Bible agree with today’s generation of wise people that those who fear the Lord and follow his principles are the wise teachers.
The Queen of the South came a great distance to listen to Solomon. It wasn’t for entertainment purposes. Solomon’s words were important. Many people came to listen to Solomon because he was the wisest person in the world. God had given him the ability to speak more wisdom than anyone else before him. It seems to me that if you want to be wise, you listen to the wisest people.
Solomon, the wisest man, wrote some pretty wise words in the Proverbs. For instance, Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” If the wisest man gives you instruction, do what he says. Solomon tells us to listen to the Lord if we want to get wisdom and understanding. Why? Because that’s where he got his wisdom and understanding.
Seek out wisdom in God’s presence and in his words. Ask God to guide you into wisdom. And when he says to do something, do it.
Do you listen to God and obey him? That’s wisdom.