Are you wise?
Um, well, I TRY not to be stupid.
But is that being wise?
Are stupid and wise opposite sides of the same coin?
If I’m not stupid, am I wise?
I’m sure we can all think of people that exhibit foolishness, lack of intelligence, or random acts of stupidity that get them into trouble in one way or another. We have tons of English expressions that describe people that aren’t too “bright”……..
A few bricks short of a load.
Lights on, nobody home.
Her sewing machine’s out of thread.
No grain in the silo.
The elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.
The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.
We all know people like this. Some of us might even be described like this at times, even though we are usually reasonably intelligent and functioning adults. ( kids and teenagers are a story for another day! LOL)
Do I need wisdom to function?
What happens if I’m NOT wise??!
So you’re NOT wise, and you know it, and pretty much the entire world
knows it– so WHAT do you do??
James 1: 5 says: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth ( taunt or scold) not; and it shall be given him.
Wow, we can ask God for wisdom and He will give it to us.
I don’t believe that this is a one-time thing where we pray : ” Dear Lord, I am stupid, please give me wisdom. Amen.” And you suddenly are brilliant and you solve the world’s problems in one sitting. Nope, not like that at all.
It’s more along the lines of asking for specific help and wisdom to solve a specific problem.
Like: “Lord, I can’t figure out how to solve this issue I have today. I need wisdom for this situation. I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to do. I need your help.” And then you wait for the answer to present itself. It could come in the form of another person giving you the solution to your problem; you could read it somewhere, someone could phone or text you, and suddenly you have the answer. The Holy Spirit can also give the answer in a dream, and impression ( a “knowing” in your spirit), speak it to you in your mind, or you may suddenly remember a passage of scripture that gives you the knowledge to know what to do. Divine wisdom and all we have to do is ask! What an amazing resource if we would just learn to tap into it!
There is a difference between human wisdom and God’s wisdom. We have our human-sized brains to do the thinking, and sometimes the synapses ( electrical brainwaves) aren’t “firing” all that well. We are limited by our I.Q.; the amount of sleep we got last night; our lack of education or knowledge; and sometimes by the very education that we have received! On top of that, sometimes our experiences in life get in the way, and we have ONE WAY of thinking about a situation– often an incorrect or unproductive way. It usually takes the Holy Spirit to get in there and change that mindset, so we can begin to think more like God thinks, and how HE sees the situation.
Gods Way of Thinking
1 Corinthians 2 : verses 5 – 7 says:
5: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6: howbeit ( so then) we speak wisdom among them that are perfect ( mature/ complete) yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes ( rulers, both natural and spiritual) of this world, that come to naught ( nothing/ emptiness)…..
7: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery; even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.
The first point here states that the wisdom of men is no match for the power of God.
The second point is that the wisdom of the world( human wisdom– this also includes satan’s wisdom) is empty and useless. That kind of wisdom doesn’t produce real solutions. Maybe temporary ones, but they don’t last. Just look around you for the proof of that. Families breaking up, marriages failing, addictions, sickness, wars, thievery, bankruptcies, depression and sadness. No hope.
The third point is that God speaks hidden wisdom to us as in a “mystery”. The great thing about mysteries is that there are always CLUES! And we get to figure them out. One of the great “mysteries” we all know as believers is the mystery of salvation. To the general public, it is foolishness– to believers it is LIFE and PEACE. There are many other mysteries for us to unravel and unfold in the scriptures and in our daily life. It is amazing how God orchestrates our daily life when we pay attention to the details……
I had the experience of praying one afternoon for one of my husbands employees who had a new baby– suddenly I felt very strongly to pray Gods protection for the baby, so I did. I sent a text afterwards to my husband asking how that employee and his family were; he told me everyone in the family was fine. Hmmm…..I wonder what that was about? And it left my conscious thought. A couple of weeks later, my husband came home from work and told me that the night before the baby had tumbled all the way down the basement stairs strapped in its car seat, and the baby was completely unhurt! This baby is not in a believing family, but God desires to keep ALL of his creations safe and healthy. It was Gods wisdom “in a mystery” that allowed me to pray divine protection and intervention for that baby, long before the accident on the stairs happened. Some of you are skeptical that God can or will do that. Why don’t you try it sometime? Ask God to give you some clues to a “mystery” he wants to show you. He really loves to give out clues and little details here and there because it gets us talking to Him. Think of it as a puzzle you are putting together– sometimes you have a lot of pieces and it takes a while to get it done. When it finished– you have the whole completed picture in front of you.
So ask God for wisdom in solving your problems; He said He wouldn’t make you feel stupid because you asked; and He also said He would give you as much wisdom as you need to solve your problem.
But you gotta ask.