Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wisdom and you, part 3

Here is how divine wisdom works. This is not the only passage about it, but this passage explains it well:
From 1 Corinthians 2:
But we do speak wisdom among those who are mature: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, who are coming to nothing: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world for our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, No eye has seen, nor have any ears heard, nor has it even entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love him. But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, even the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God no man knows, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. these things we also speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but [in words] which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Now the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: in fact, he cannot know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But whoever is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Wisdom of this kind is the gift of God.  It's not just the gift of God, you only get it in relationship with God. So it's not like the wisdom Solomon had, which was great, but not revelatory. Solomon could understand things about the world with his wisdom. It's evident, however, from reading Ecclesiastes, that he had a limited (earthly man's) view of the spiritual life and world.  It's easy to contrast Solomon with David--just read some of Ecclesiastes, and some of David's Psalms. David discusses different things, but when Solomon and David coincide in what they discuss, it's apparent that Solomon had no understanding of the spiritual life his father had.  David was a spiritual man, and you can be spiritual as well; with the wisdom you get from God, you can understand Him and His plans--especially the plans He has for you.  This wisdom is communicated internally, by the Spirit of God. It comes only once you have believed in Jesus Christ, and genuinely seek His wisdom. It is a gift, but it does not come without effort, in the sense that you have to want it, ask for it, and listen to it. 

Here are some of the characteristics of this wisdom:
  1. It is above the wisdom of the "princes of this world," meaning that they don't like it, can't understand it, don't want it. They want their own wisdom, not God's. This leads them to seek power and honor rather than God.
  2. It concerns the plan God has put in motion to set mankind free from evil and tragedy through His Son Jesus Christ,leading ultimately to the setting up of God's New World (Revelation 21-22), and the final destruction of death itself.
  3. It must be revealed--no human heart knows it on its own.  God's wisdom is therefore outside the realm of science, and within the realm of revelation. Unless God reveals it to you, it seems as if it does not exist. Therefore experience has little to do with it, unlike human wisdom.
  4. I can't be received by "the natural man"-- someone who has no spiritual life from God.  In fact, God's wisdom seems like foolishness (original, "moronic sayings."). 
  5. God's wisdom is part of the plan He has made, by which He intends to bring us to heaven to be with Him.  God invests you with the mind of Christ once you have believed in Him. What that means, and the depth of it, is discoverable only to those who have received it. If you have it, it gives you abilities to judge, to discern, to understand, that others don't have.  For this reason, they will think your choices odd and unreasonable, but they are often perfectly sensible, if you understand the correct point of view from God's perspective.  This is, for example, why Psalm 23 is a real set of experiences to men and women who are spiritual, and a foreign language to those who are not.  It's why Christians are always talking about "heaven;" they know they are going there. It's why in the midst of disaster Christians will often say things like, "The Lord will take care of me"--when all external evidence is to the contrary, and then He does. It is an understanding that must be received, and cannot be acquired by study, or even experience, unless that experience is primarily "better listening."
To Get this wisdom:
  1. Become a child of God.  It's simple. Believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
  2. Ask for it.
  3. LISTEN!! "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
  4. When it comes, apply it. Don't ignore it. Ignoring God's gifts of wisdom can lead to terrible unintended consequences.
  5. Learn to listen FOR Him.  He has something to say to you.  Don't miss it. Ask Him if you have not heard, and be sure to listen for the answer.
  6. These instructions presuppose you understand that God actually speaks to you internally, and will communicate His wisdom to you in ways you may not expect or even understand (like, "I just know..."), and cannot explain.
  7. Always test what you hear.  He doesn't mind a bit. In fact, He likes it. He doesn't care for skepticism, in the sense you don't believe that He will speak, but He likes it when you say to Him, "Is this really You?" He will tell you, or show you, which is the same thing.