Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Gift of Wisdom

Who among us is wise?
Is it even possible to be wise?
Wisdom is a scary word, usually not used concerning "regular" people.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. Psalm 111:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7

Earthly wisdom is education, life experience, sweat equity. Earthly wisdom is very desirable and we work hard to earn it. It makes our lives, and the lives of those around us, easier and more productive. Unfortunately, it is temporary, and sometimes very difficult to acquire.

Heavenly wisdom, that which comes from God, the Word, and prayer, is spiritual. Heavenly wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, impartial, sincere, full of mercy and good fruit. Heavenly wisdom is never a surprise; you won't find it if you don't seek it.

Wisdom, like all good gifts, comes from Abba Father.

Daniel was wise; wise enough to be chosen by God to be a prophet. He acknowledged God as the source of wisdom...

Praise be to the name of God forever and ever,
wisdom and power are His.
He changes the times and seasons;
He sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
He knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells in Him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers;
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.

Daniel 2:20-23