In all wisdom and spiritual understanding; Colossians 1:9b
Yesterday I talked about being filled up with the knowledge of God’s will. Today I want to discuss God’s will of wisdom and spiritual understanding. Did you know wisdom was God’s will for you? Did you know that God want you to understand spiritual things? These seem like simple questions to answer “yes” to, but what exactly is wisdom and spiritual understanding and why would these attributes be God’s will for us today?
Let me start with wisdom. What do we know about wisdom from God’s Word? First of all, we know that wisdom starts with the fear of God. If you don’t have any fear of God, you are completely empty of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowing (personally) the Holy One is understanding. Fearing the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, because you recognize that you need a Savior. The fear of the LORD for a believer is that you are afraid to live life without your Savior. You are aware that you cannot live this life to the fullest of God’s plan without God being close to you each day. God doesn’t want His children/people to be afraid of Him, but if you don’t belong to Him, you should be greatly afraid. So, wisdom starts with recognizing your need for your Heavenly Father.
Wisdom is the most important thing you can possess in life. Proverbs 4:7 says Wisdom is the principal or most vital thing, so get wisdom and also get understanding. This scripture implies that it is within your power to get wisdom. We know wisdom is not hard to get in fact Proverbs 8:1-2 tell us that wisdom is crying out. Wisdom stands out in the open and calls to us, wisdom wants to be found. Additionally, wisdom is in the words that you speak. You can actually choose to speak wise words instead of foolishness ones. Verse 7 of Proverbs 8 says wisdom speaks truth, but wickedness speaks foolishly. Also, all the words of the mouth of a wise person are righteous and nothing perverse is in their speech.
Lastly, there is one simple way to get wisdom, and that is to ask for it. James 1:5 says if you lack wisdom, ask God and He will give it to you in abundance. God wants you to be wise in all that you say and do, so He has promised that if you ask Him, He will give wisdom to you in generous amounts. Wisdom is different from knowledge because you cannot gain it by studying or reading about it. Wisdom only comes from God and to truly live your life by wisdom you must get it from Him by requesting it.
Today I want to encourage you to get wisdom and with all your getting, get understanding. Wisdom and spiritual understand are the most important things in living life successfully and the good news is they are available to you. Simply ask your Heavenly Father today and He will begin to pour His wisdom out on your life. However, with all God’s gifts, you must be a good steward over the little before you are given the abundance. Use the wisdom God give in your words, in your actions and in all your ways, then His spiritual understanding will follow.
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 8