Proverbs 8:11 “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
We have all done it… We have all, at one time or another, desired a gift, talent, fame, acceptance, money and much more. Yet, did it truly satisfy? The grass on the other side of the fence still needs mowing; the weeds pulled, and care such as ours requires. Our jealousy and desires have separated friendships, families and divided what God meant to be a force of strength and unity.
Whatever desires we may have in this life, there are some that reap far greater treasures than we could ever imagine. Investing in a marriage time, commitment, communication, focus and growth will reap a deep intimacy that is not easily broken. Friendships that have these same components share a sweet closeness that will bond lives and hearts for a lifetime. Pouring ourselves to be ‘all in’ with God brings about a sweet fellowship and intimate bond that brings peace, love and joy.
God shares with us what sanctified desires should be. Desires that do not point to self or selfishness, but are for others; for good and for His glory. Wisdom; biblical wisdom is to have the mind of Christ. It is not something that can be learned. It is given of God. Even the disciples didn’t ‘get it’ until Jesus opened their understanding.
Luke 24:45 “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”
You and I can gain knowledge. We can fill our heads with facts and figures that would dizzy even the greatest of intellects. But without the understanding from God, we will become prideful; full of ourselves and live for the praise of men. The Bible warns us especially in this day and age;
2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
In Acts, Paul went unto Athens to preach (not teach), and they marvelled at what he said. But theirs was to just hear and gain knowledge.
Acts 17:21 “(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)”
The desire for wisdom should be a daily request in prayer. It should be sought after more than the next lottery ticket. Our Father tells us its worth is above anything you and I could ever desire. Think of it: Solomon had become king of one of the greatest nations in their day. Yet, he sought the one thing that God gave in such abundance that the things he did not ask for were given him abundantly as well.
If I ever think that I have wisdom enough because it is more than those around me, I will soon lose what I have to pride and find myself brought low. But if we, in humble obedience ask for that which will meet the needs of the day, we can find joy in knowing that God has gifted us to benefit those to whom we minister.
I need wisdom today for those with whom I work; those I’ll meet throughout my day and especially those closest to me. I may need to give words of comfort, pray for healing, seek God to intercede on someone’s behalf… That evil day will descend without warning and I will need God and His wisdom in full. Not just for me, but for those who I will come in contact with throughout my day.
James 1:5-6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”