The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive. Proverbs 16:21
Wisdom comes from knowledge. The Bible shares much about wisdom. One of the wisest women in my life was my Grandma Johnson, I’ve already shared what a great cook she was and how faithful to the Lord. She’s the mother of four children, my mom was the third child. Grandma’s first marriage ended in divorce and he told welfare that he paid child support so she had a hard life. She walked to town to take care of Mr. Johnson’s children. At one point, the town talked about her so she quit and went to work at a laundry. She suffered a burn and could not work, so she wrote to Mr. Johnson and asked him to marry her.
Beloved, characteristic number thirty of a born-again believer is one is wise. Wise’s definition having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Synonyms of wise are sagacious, intelligent, clever, learned, knowledgeable and enlightened. King David appoints his son Solomon as King. King Solomon prays to God about his service as we read.
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and 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.” Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.
He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court. 1 Kings 3: 10-15
What did God promise to give him? He promised a wise and discerning heart but he also was going to have wealth and honor. All King Solomon had to do was to walk in obedience.
We later read that King Solomon’s wine, women, and song are his downfall but he was the wisest of all the Kings. For a time, he read God’s word and prayed. Beloved are you reading God’s word and praying daily?
Beloved, characteristic number thirty of a born-again believer is one is wise.
My Grandmother outlived Grandpa Johnson. Their marriage arranged to meet a need or was it? She was wise, she would take her doctor jelly and she never had trouble getting into the doctor’s office. She was the mother of four, step-mother to twelve and it was a step-son that kept her in the home that he bought her. Struggling to make gravy, instead of just sending me the recipe, she mailed me the exact amount of flour needed to make gravy. She prayed me through college and gave me my nursing pin. I have said this before but it is worth repeating, she taught me “to love the Lord, to tithe my money, and never to learn how to clean catfish.”
Father God, please help us to be wise. Let us make wise decisions. Your word in Colossians 2: 2-4 says, “that they may be encouraged in heart, knit together in love, and filled with the full riches of complete understanding, so that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will deceive you by smooth rhetoric.” Let us be knit together in love and wisdom. In Jesus name. Amen.
What do you need to do to add wisdom to your life?
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