It is fair to say that with the state the world is in today we very rarely use wisdom when we make choices, in our lives: relationships, decision making, life choices and our actions towards each other. The absence of wisdom in our daily lives, not only impact others but will have a direct impact on us. Wisdom is a rare commodity, yet is completely free and absolutely necessary. We cannot go out and buy it, as it is not for sale and it doesn’t matter how positive we try to be, it will not just present itself before us. Wisdom, as defined by Nelson’s Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible; is “the ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding.”
The true wisdom of God far transcends the wisdom of the world. In God, this gift will flourish beyond your expectation. If you are not making the right decisions in your life you will have to live with the consequences of it, but there is a simple solution to this problem:
- Ask God for wisdom, by Faith, without wavering
- If we waver, and are unstable in our beliefs we will not receive anything of the Lord
- If we continue to live without wisdom in our lives, we will continue to make the same mistakes again and again.
I find that wisdom is greatly under-rated in life. When you are applying for a job, how often do you see ‘wisdom’ listed in the list of requirements for the role? The following is a list of just some of the desirable qualities employers look for:
Strong communications skills, Excellent interpersonal skills, Driven and ambitious professionals, Knowledge and experience in the given field of work!
I have never yet seen ‘wisdom,’ or any other Godly characteristics requested by an employer. Yet wisdom is the ability to judge correctly based on knowledge and understanding. In light of this I understand better why there are so many people incorrectly placed in a job they are ill equipped to do.
You may be thinking, what has ‘wisdom’ got to do with business? Who needs wisdom to be a successful business person? Well, let me draw your attention to Solomon, the richest man and king who ever lived; even by today’s standard. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and told him to ask for something from Him. Solomon asked for ‘wisdom!’
God was pleased with this request because Solomon needed the necessary skills to rule over God’s people and no amount of riches or self-effort would have qualified him for the task. So, God gave Solomon the great gift of wisdom and more.
1 Kings 3:9
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
From the gift of wisdom, so many other great qualities and skills were birthed. Sound judgement, a heart to do the right thing, empathy, astuteness, great communicator; and more: which made Solomon the greatest businessman both of his time and ours. Many travelled from far and wide to see him in action and to bestow great gifts on him. He amassed great wealth… and all from being a wise man with an understanding heart. Many businesses today could learn a lot from Solomon.
Today there seems to be a desire for gifts that bring fame, recognition and riches. But James confirms here that wisdom is one of the first gifts we should desire and we should go directly to God for it.