And he said to the human race, “The fear of the LORD–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28
Gaining wisdom and understanding has been a goal of humans since the beginning of mankind. People are very curious and want to know more and more. They want to understand how things work and why they work the way that they do.
In the search for wisdom and understanding, billions of dollars are spent annually on education and studies. Often one thinks he has the answer to solve many of life’s challenges. Currently many people think that they have the solution to the violent crimes being committed in America with enacting more rules. The solutions range from both ends of the spectrum and all have problems and really don’t solve the issue.
In this section on Job, there is talk of finding wisdom and understanding. When searching by physical means, no one can find them. They are hidden. In the end wisdom is only found in fear God and understanding is found when one turns away from evil.
Fear God is seen as wisdom, because God is the One who created everything and is in control of everything, so He is the One who sets all the rules and regulations. Respecting and obeying God makes one wise. The world rejects God and so does not have true wisdom. Their thoughts only bring about more destruction and death.
When one begins to turn from evil, he then has a true understanding of what is going on and what is best. Sin not only brings about a momentary pleasure, but will also bring about death and destruction.
The world does not have a full understanding of what is happening, because they promote sin and death, while ‘striving’ to combat it. Only in Christ Jesus is there true wisdom and understanding.
Focus your life upon God and His word. As you do that, you will begin to have wisdom and understanding that this world cannot understand nor have. You will be able to understand the troubles in this world better with the eternal focus of God in mind. You will know and understand the best path to take as you follow God’s ways and directions.
Who can be better at giving wisdom and understanding than God, who has been there since the beginning of time and created everything. Trust His wisdom and understanding.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will fill you with His wisdom; that God will give you understanding of what is happening; and that you will know God’s peace in your life, despite the chaos of this world.
To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. Job 12:13
Seeking wisdom, power, counsel and understanding are some things that people have sought ever since mankind has been on this earth. Some have written volumes of books on giving wisdom and counsel. People will automatically think of certain people when it comes to wisdom and counsel. Quotes are often heard from a few famous authors as being very wise.
Power is also sought by many. Leaders have risen and fallen who have sought great power. Some seek it in ways to control others, while a few seek to just help others. There have been many who have used the power gained in very bad ways, while others have used it in positive ways.
Job points out that all these things belong to God. Without God, there is no wisdom, power, counsel or understanding.
The best wisdom ever stated can always be traced back to God words. People will often say some great things, but if it is truly great, it can also be found in the bible. If it does not show up in the bible, often there is a fault with it, it will fall short of good wisdom.
Without God, no one has the power to do anything, not even breath. God is the one who created and sustains everything that there is.
God gives counsel as to what is the best thing to do or how to react to a situation. The world gives ideas, but, again, often falls short of good counsel. The counsel of this world is selfish and short-term, whereas God’s is eternal and full of love for all, not just self.
Men try to understand why things happen, but only God fully knows the truth. Things happen that people just cannot fully understand because it is outside of the way they can think. God is above the understanding of man.
There will be times you will be seeking wisdom, power, counsel and understanding. Instead of running to the world and seeking faulty direction, run to God. Seek God first in everything and all these things will be given to you in its proper time.
God is there to direct all of your steps in the perfect way. Since He created you and everything in this universe, He knows what is best for you. Trust Him in everything that you need, it is His anyways.
I pray today that God will give you His wisdom; that God will give you His power, that God will give you His counsel; that God will give you His understanding; and that you will trust God in every area of your life.
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 2 Chronicles 10:8
Desire to please those one’s own age is a common factor. They seek guidance and wisdom from their peers and reject the wisdom of those older.
Often this is done because people want to try something different or be different. The challenge with this is that most people who are younger do not have the experience to guide correctly. They see things as though they are the kings of the world and are the wisest.
It is not that the younger generation does not have any wisdom, but often it is not the best. Sometimes they are focused on power, wealth and fame, rather than what is best for everyone all around.
When Solomon had died, his son Rehoboam had become king. When he asked the elders as to how to rule the people, they stated that he should lighten the load of the people. Rehoboam did not like that advice, so he went to the young men his age. They told him to make the load heavier. In the end it split the nation of Israel.
People often seek advice all the time. While seeking advice, they will only take what sounds good and easy, but refuse to accept advice who have been down that path or understand the situation. Younger people often believe that they know what is best.
Believers who have been around a while, and have grown in the Lord, have learned a few things. They have some Godly wisdom that they have gained over the years. Those who have been believers for a longer period of time must be willing to share the wisdom they have learned with others. Those who are younger believers, must learn from those who have walked with the Lord for a time.
There will be times you seek wisdom and direction. Be careful on what wisdom you accept. Study God’s word and seek God in prayer. Check the wisdom that is given to you against the word of God. Does it make you more like Jesus and build His kingdom or not?
Do not just accept things that will be only of personal gain, but accept the wisdom that will build God’s kingdom and make you more like Jesus.
If you are among those who have been around a while, share what God has taught you with others. Do not keep the wisdom to yourself.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom in your life; that you will share God’s wisdom with others; and that you will seek to be more like Jesus everyday and build His kingdom.