Knowledge and Wisdom
By Lynette Schaefer
In these days of rampant ignorance and indifference to
the things of God, the Christian who seeks to acquire deep knowledge
and wisdom concerning spiritual matters is of great worth to God. It
also brings the Christian real joy, peace and contentment because he
is grounded in the great doctrinal truths of the Bible and in his ever-growing
relationship with the Almighty.
Spiritual knowledge and wisdom is not simply knowing facts
about God, or head knowledge. It is heart knowledge, a deep knowing
and respecting of Who God is as this Person we worship, as well as how
He relates to us concerning our lives and our future.
Psalm 119:97-104 and Proverbs 2:1-5 are of great importance
if we are to grow in our walk with God. You would be wise to study them
for yourself, but I've listed the important concepts of these passages
Meditation. It is of tremendous value to spend
time alone with God every day, communing with Him through prayer and
studying His Word. In order to have an effective Christian life, we
need to depend on His sovereign resources instead of our own bankrupt
resources (2 Cor. 3:5). We cannot live the Christian life on our own
and without the illumination of the Spirit. So any time we need to
commune with our Heavenly Father about an important decision, a crisis,
wisdom in handling a situation or how to correctly interpret something,
we surrender ourselves before Him and listen to what He has to say.
It is sometimes hard to do in this busy world we live in, but it is
worth every minute. If we do these things consistently, we find ourselves
growing in Him in many ways. We learn so many things about God we
didn't know previously. The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:97 that God's
law was his meditation all the day". That is, where your heart
is, there your treasure is also (Matt. 6:21).
Know His Precepts. When we know God intimately
and know His precepts, they are a delight to us. The more we know God
the more we want to know about Him, just like in a relationship. When
you love someone, you want to know all about them, what they like and
don't like, what they have to say to you, and how you can please them.
When we follow God's precepts, we are obeying Him. When we obey Him,
we learn His ways. Learning His "law" as referenced in the
Psalms passage (119:97), doesn't mean the legal codes as in the Mosaic
Law, but rather God's instruction to His children. To the Psalmist,
God's Words were sweeter to him than the honeycomb (vs. 103). We know
also from scripture that the honeycomb has nutritional value (Luke 24:42).
It is through knowing Him and His ways that we have the discernment
to keep from evil. It is also how we become like Jesus!
More understanding than our teachers. Psalm 119:99
is essentially Messianic. When Jesus was 12 years old and stayed behind
in Jerusalem to talk to all the teachers of the Law in the Temple, He
confounded and amazed them (Luke 2: 46,47). The reason is because the
Lord's precepts were His constant meditation. Now, none of us can hold
a candle to Jesus in our spiritual level of understanding; however,
the more we seek to understand God's ways over time, the more we understand
life and our place in this world, as well as what God has in store for
us in eternity. So if we have the opportunity to surrender ourselves
to God at a young age through the help of the Holy Spirit, we can surpass
even our own teachers in understanding.
Apply our hearts to wisdom. Prov. 2: 1-5 indicates
that we need to seek to live our lives in God's wisdom above all else.
God's precepts are precious and to be sought after. Living our lives
after the pattern of His commandments illuminated by the Holy Spirit
should be our desire. A good secular education avails little in comparison
to a good spiritual grounding. Does that mean we neglect our earthly
responsibilities? Heaven forbid! Any man who doesn't take care of his
family is worse than an unbeliever (1 Tim. 5:8). We need to function
in the earthly capacities that we are put here for, but ultimately we
are to live for eternity, not for the things of the earth.
God desires that His children be grounded in Him so they can
delight in Him and be the Salt of the earth (Matt 5:13). We cannot possibly
be the Salt and Light of the earth to those around us if we have little
or no desire to learn of His ways, to obey Him, or honor Him by spending
daily time with Him in His Word.
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