Wisdom enables us to apply the word of God correctly. Wisdom is so precious and priceless that Solomon asked for wisdom instead of wealth and riches. God was so pleased with him that God in turn gave him wealth and riches. God also so made him a preacher.
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”- Ecclesiastes 1:1
And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men – 1 Kings 4:29
I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:16
The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; Matthew 12:42
Any man who is called to be a preacher must pray to be filled with godly wisdom or else he will be an empty vessel deceiving many with earthly or demonic wisdom. The wisdom from above is pure and filled with good fruits. The wisdom from above is a God seeker and not a mammon seeker. He is not a false worshipper seeking after the world, fame, power and material blessings, pretending to worship God. If we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness all other things will be added to us. The wisdom from above seeks God’s will and happiness alone. He makes it his business to find out what pleases the Lord and delights in pleasing the Lord.
It is possible to know something and yet not practice what we know. It is possible to know how to bake cake, yet never get up and bake cake. It is possible to know the commands and word of God from Genesis to Revelation yet never walk in it. If you know that the blood of Jesus has set you free, you must live a life of rejoicing, thanksgiving, praise and love towards God for setting you free. You must be grateful. You must stop seeing your past and focus on God’s love and forgiveness.
Knowledge precedes wisdom. A man without knowledge cannot have wisdom because wisdom is right application of knowledge to yield result. If you are not getting result, review your knowledge and wisdom. One or both is very faulty.
It is only wisdom that will guarantee wealth. James 1:5 says “ 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.”
Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honour or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king—wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honour, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.” – 2 Chronicles 1:11
She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you.” – Proverbs 4:9
For wisdom is a defence as money is a defence, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. – Ecclesiastes 7:12
How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. – Proverbs 13:16
Wisdom belongs to God. He is the only source of wisdom. Any man who is hungry for wisdom must go to God. Wisdom is what makes you know what to pray for, where to pray, when to pray and how to pray.
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honour and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” – Revelation 7:12
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!” – Revelation 5:12
If your prayer is not working then you need to seek Gods face for wisdom on what to pray for, when to pray and how to pray. Jesus our example always knew what to pray for, where to pray and how to pray. Jesus always prayed at lonely places. He took the apostles to the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus always prayed throughout the night. He was successful at prayer because He was filled with wisdom. Paul said “imitate me as I imitate Christ”.
It takes wisdom to make us know that we must imitate Jesus and Paul. We must imitate their lifestyle, way of thinking and prayer life. While some Christians are busy struggling with fornication and adultery, Jesus and Paul were busy doing exploits for the kingdom of God. Why? Because they were busy. We can overcome every bad habit by being busy in the plan and purpose of God while inwardly asking for grace.
An idle mind is the devils worship. It is idleness that makes us entertain thoughts that should have no place in us. Being busy can even heal a broken heart because the sad thoughts will not see any space in us.
It was wisdom that made Jesus say to His mother “ don’t you know that I must go about my father’s business” while some people are busy running to mummy and daddy to get advise that opposes God’s will for their lives, Jesus was busy getting inspiration and advise from God.
Mary and Joseph were probably the closest persons to Jesus, yet He was focused. He did not let His parent’s worry keep Him away from the temple. Peter was also in His inner circle and one of His closest disciples, yet Jesus rebuked Peter for giving Him an advice that was contrary to Gods will.
“But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” – Matthew 16:23
Jesus is our way and example. He had unprecedented and matchless levels of grace, holiness and power from God. Imitating Christ is like oxygen to the lungs. Without that, we will experience failure and fatality instead of victory and triumph. This is wisdom.
Wisdom is the road that never grows thorns and a highway without cracks. Walking on that road will lead us straight to the gate of heaven. Paul and Silas woke up at midnight and sang praises to God. That is wisdom at work.
Jesus Himself is our wisdom from God. The wisdom of God is a person and that person is Jesus. Anytime God gives us wisdom He is giving us Jesus.
Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’ – Luke 11:49
He was full of wisdom and truth. Wisdom enabled Jesus to walk in God. It is only a man that walks in wisdom that the devil will not have anything in. Without wisdom, we will fall. Having wisdom is not negotiable, either we have it and live in victory or we ignore it and live in failure. God gave Paul wisdom. God gave Joseph favour and wisdom.
As also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you. – 2 Peter 3:15
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. – Proverbs 4:7
And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you. – Proverbs 4:7
A critical look at the life of Jesus will show us wisdom in action. The sad truth about life is that if you are a minister and you are not anointed, famous or rich no one will pay attention to your words of “wisdom”. This is because humanity understands just one word. Success. However, the Holy Spirit can cause a poor unknown preacher to be heard if his wisdom is of God. True wisdom brings success and a poor wise man can deliver a city.
Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man. – Ecclesiastes 9:15
Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. – Ecclesiastes 9:16
But wisdom brings success. – Ecclesiastes 10:10
For wisdom is a defence as money is a defence, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. – Ecclesiastes 7:12
A man without Godly wisdom cannot be anointed or do mighty works. Jesus did mighty works by wisdom. Every wisdom has a spirit behind it and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit behind godly wisdom
And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! – Mark 6:2
Without wisdom, there is no success.