#4: Wisdom from numbering our days

Wisdom from numbering our days

Verse:

Psalm 90:12: So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

What does this tell us about God?

God desires for us to realize we are finite, while He is infinite. We have a short time left on earth and we need to be aware of that to make the most of each day.

How does that apply to us today?

With all the hustle and bustle of modern life it’s even more important to make sure we are not just ‘busy’ but spending our time wen in ways that matter for eternity.

#3: Request for Wisdom

Request for Wisdom

1 Kings 3:9 (CEV)Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don’t, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours.

Other verses about Solomon and his request for wisdom:

1 Kings 3:28; 4:29-30; 4:34; 5:12; 10:4, 6-3

1 James 1:5-6 (NIV)5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Keypoint:

God desires for us to value His Wisdom above all else and ask for it.  When Solomon could have asked for riches, power or health he asked for Wisdom and God was honored by this request. The same is true for us when we value Godly wisdom and ask without doubting, God is blessed and honored by this.

What does this tell us about God?

God desires for us to be humble and get to the end of our self, where we realize we don’t know what direction to go next. Instead of rushing ahead, He wants us to realize our need for his wisdom and guidance. This is why he is honored when we asked. Asking is recognition that we can not do it on our own and need His special insight into what to do.

How does that apply to us today?

This is a timeless truth that God desires us to humbly seek him for Knowledge.

I wrote a post on You Version about this topic:  http://www.youversion.com/notes/171250/wisdom-ask-believe-listen-do

This is obviously a message near and dear to my heart. 🙂

#2: Wisdom as a witness to the world

Wisdom as a witness to the world.

Deuteronomy 4:6: Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.”

Keypoint:

God provides us with great wisdom as a witness to the world;  As we get to experience both his undeserved grace, but his power to transform lives then we’ll really understand “Who He Is!”.  Once we know Him, we’ll feel the responsibility and privilege to represent Him.

What does this tell us about God?

God desires for us to follow the statutes and judgments he has given us, so that we will live wisely. This wisdom in us will be a witness to others as they say ‘Surely God’s people are a wise and understanding people.”

More specifically, it tells us God loves us so much that he’d rather us live the path of freedom and holiness, than pain and bondage. Living in Freedom IS what is best for us. Secondarily, He will also give us power to be overcomers.

Father, Please help me to live in your strength and recognize my weakness, as I come before you, my heart desires for you to shine through me. For others to see the work you are doing as you transform me to a new creation.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ask someone who has come out of any area of bondage and they will tell you how precious freedom is — and this is the most powerful witness — a life transformed by Christ’s power. Trying in our power and failing is often the most necessary pre-cursor to full belief that God can do the impossible.

How does that apply to us today?

God still desires to shine His light through us. He wants to create a new creation, as he says in 2 Cor. 5:17: ” the old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” This transforming power has always proven to be a powerful witness to the world. This is a light full of wisdom and love for others — clarity in purpose and focused living.  As we follow God’s  son, Jesus Christ’s example we will be an example of wise living to the world. I think this is a simple points, God wants to give us wisdom as a witness.

Yet, this is also very convicting, since what an honor and responsiblity it is to be God’s witness to the world. It makes me want to spend more and more time with Him, since how can I represent him if I don’t know Him.

Father, Please make me hunger for your words – to delight in you more and more. Allow me to feel the weight of responsibility as I bare the name “Christ’s Ambassador”. Give me wisdom and power to not only know what to do, but to follow-through.

#1: Wisdom in Skill

Wisdom in Skill – God equips us!

Exodus 28:3 – Tell all the skilled men to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest.

Exodus 31:3 – And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Keypoint:

“The Spirit of Wisdom” was given to the gifted artisans for the important task of creating the sacred garments for the priest. This allows us to see that God gives out ‘special touches’ of wisdom. Wisdom to complete a specific task or service for the Lord.

What does this tell us about God?

God equips those that serve Him for the tasks He has for them to do. He provides wisdom in what needs to be done and how to do it.

How does that apply to us today?

God still desires to equip those who serve Him. He will provide wisdom for us to complete the tasks He has established for us to do. He will provide the wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill. That does not mean we will not work or be a part of the process, but ultimately it is God who does the work in and through us.

Other Verses about verses on this theme, receiving wisdom from God to complete a task :

Exodus 31:6, 35:25-26, 35:31, 35:35, 36:1, 36:2

1 Kings 7:14

Wise Ways Work

From the time I first read (and fell in love with) Proverbs I’ve been interested in Wisdom.

I was keenly aware of how much I don’t know; this made me desperate for God’s wisdom. As I explored Godly wisdom and began applying it to my life, something marvelous happened — I realized “Wow! Wise Ways Work“. Living wisely is not merely about obedience; it is the best way to live for peace and joy to abound. That is one of the things I love most about God; He doesn’t just give us arbitrary commands to obey, but instead he wants what is best for each of us. He also knows what is best for us. So, obeying and living wisely just out of faith (that God knows more than we do) will result in an all-around better life.

A couple years ago, I did a study of every verse in the Bible with Wisdom or Wise in it.

I compiled a list of:

Ways in which God uses wisdom in our lives:

The first 10 posts will be based on this information.

I hope you will find this insight into Godly Wisdom as helpful as it has been for me.

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