THEME: WISDOM FROM GOD
James 3:13 NIV
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
-The word of God is the source of all wisdom and God calls us to do according to His will. If we say we have wisdom and we do not have Christ in our hearts then we lie to ourselves. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 tells us that, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord .”” If then we have received the gift of salvation in our hearts, and submit to His wisdom, then the Holy Spirit guides us in all humility, honorable deeds that’s leads to a good life, for the glory and honor of His name. We are also called to hear the word of God and put it into practice, thus likened to a wise man who built his house on the rock, and when the rains fell, streams rose and winds blew, his house remained standing (Matthew 7:24-25).
The wisdom of God is revealed throughout the scriptures, and the Lord put His law into our hearts, that we may discern between good and evil. When we choose either of the two, our consciences judges us. This is the judgement that will apply during the day of the Lord, where each one will make an account of their actions. Romans 2:6-8reminds us that, “God will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” To become wise, we are called to become foolish that we may become wise, for the wisdom of the world is foolishness with God (1 Corinthians 3:18-20). Let no one be condemned or judge another for Jesus Christ became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus is the source of all wisdom, and He became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. He redeemed us, sanctified us and glorified us through His eternal blessings of salvation, that we may have faith in Him, and allow His Holy Spirit dwell in us. The Holy Spirit gives us His spiritual gifts of knowledge, wisdom, understanding, faith, etc, so that we may draw closer to Him and know Him more unto we come to eternity. This is the intimacy that we grow into if we love God and our neighbors as ourselves. This is the law which God placed in our hearts, that we may love and accomplish the law and the prophets. This is the love that king Solomon had, and he grew in wisdom. When he was offered a blank cheque to choose what he desires, he did not selfishly choose wealth, honor, destruction of his enemies, long life etc. But he chose a wise and discerning heart to be able to rule God’s people well, and the former was given to him as a result. He offered a thousand burnt offerings at Gibeon and this pleased the Lord. Apart from material sacrifice, he offered his life as a living sacrifice and was blessed beyond measure. Likewise, Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Jesus loved us and offered Himself sacrificially for the sake of all mankind, that we may have propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2). Jesus calls us to genuinely love Him, fear Him, and love one another genuinely, and He will abundantly grant us His wisdom. Proverbs 8:17-18 tells us that, “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.” Love for God leads to selflessness and sacrifice, and the Lord adds all other things unto us. Like the five wise virgins, let us store up for ourselves some extra oil, and when Christ comes back we will be admitted into His heavenly kingdom (Matthew 25:1-4). As we ensure to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, giving reverence to the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, and intercedes for us with groanings that cannot be uttered and gives us all things. In all our getting, let us then get wisdom. If we do not get anything else in this world, let us get wisdom which promotes us, brings deliverance, honor and grace upon us (Proverbs 4:5-9).
Dear Lord Jesus we come before You with humble adoration. We thank You for Your goodness and mercies. We thank You for Your abundant grace upon our lives. Dear Lord, we pray that You may forgive us for all our trespasses, and remove any accusation against us in the courts of heaven. May You wash us and cleanse us with Your precious blood. Father, You are the God of all wisdom and in You there is knowledge, understanding, and life. In Your death dear Jesus do we find life forever more. In Your life Holy Spirit, we live abundantly. We come before You today to ask for Your wisdom, knowledge and understanding. May you open the eyes of our understanding and teach us how to listen to You and follow Your Word. You are truly awesome and glorious in all Your ways. May You protect us and our nation from threat and danger. May You heal our nation from corruption, injustice and I’ll will. May You give our leaders wisdom so that they may put Your interests and the interests of the people first. We submit ourselves to Your wisdom dear Jesus that You may fill us afresh with Your Holy Spirit. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: John 3:16-36
Revelation of the Word