by Pr. Dave Mann
The subject of wisdom is not a small one in Holy Scripture. It is a principal theme in both testaments of the Bible. I will provide a cursory overview of the topic, but it is worth your time to do a more thorough investigation.
Wisdom is an important theme in Proverbs. The fear of the Lord is the first building block of wisdom.
Proverbs 9:10 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight."
Solomon was lauded by the Lord when the king asked for wisdom, rather than any other gift he could have chosen, such as wealth, long life, or victory over his enemies -- 2 Chronicles 1:7-12.
Job, even amid his suffering and agony, waxed eloquently when he asked, “From where, then, does wisdom come and where is the place of understanding?” The answer offered is, “Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:20-28)
But there is a wisdom of the world that is not included in what Proverbs 8 considers the Lord’s wisdom. We are warned against such in 1 Corinthians 2:6-7.
What does God’s wisdom look like? See James 3:17 – But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
Jesus, even as a child, was full of godly wisdom.
Luke 2:40 "And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him."
Luke 2:52 "And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man."
And in the book of Revelation, where does wisdom find its seat, its rightful place of origin and culmination? In Jesus!
Revelation 5:11-12 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures, and the elders, the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
Revelation 7:11-12 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Lord God, I ask that you would share your wisdom with me. As I am clothed with the righteousness of Christ, allow my heart to be a fruitful garden for Jesus’ wisdom. Let it grow and lead me to godly decisions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.