The wisdom God provides
Then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Proverbs 2:5-10
There are people in this world that will claim that in terms of having wisdom they consider themselves as “experts.” They are the ones that will convince you of the wisdom of their opinion. Yet God says that it is not the one who declares his viewpoint the most loudly or forcefully who is the wisest, but the one whose “wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it” (Luke 7:35). Wisdom is not proven by winning an argument or debate. Wisdom is proven over time. Some people tenaciously proclaim that their opinion is the best. Despite of how persuasively these people defend their viewpoint, time is the best judge of wisdom. From our text, God provides wisdom to those who humble themselves and revere Him. It is seen in how we seek to obey what God has told us in His word. Despite the resistance and criticism from others who disagree with the wisdom of your actions, you still proceed to follow what you know is God’s leading. At times you may feel that your response is to vindicate yourself, instead you wait patiently. In time, what it does is to reveal the wisdom of your actions far better than you could through dispute. Through the ages, the wisdom found in God’s Word has been tested and proven true. It is critical that you test everything you hear against the Scriptures. “But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Fads in psychology and philosophy come and go, but God’s Word is fresh and timeless. “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient” (Ephesians 5:6). So each time you are asked to provide a counsel to someone make sure that it comes from the Scripture and not merely from your best thinking. As long as you base your life choices on the Word of God and not on popular views, in due time it will show and validate the wisdom of your choices. If there are times that you realize that you were wrong because of the actions you took, ask God’s for forgiveness. Ask Him to provide you wisdom through His word. Then obey that word and watch to see God’s confirmation of His wisdom in your life. “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” (James 1:5).