The Different Ways God Gives Wisdom

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God gives wisdom to whoever he wills. He lays it up for the righteous (Proverbs 2:7). It is the right use of knowledge, the power to exercise knowledge, or the ability to apply knowledge correctly.

Knowledge on its own cannot stand firmly. It's like reading how to cook stew but yet doesn't know how to cook the stew properly. Knowledge needs wisdom for a backup which only God can give.

Wisdom the Bible says is the principal thing. This means it is highest in rank of all the gifts we can ever receive from God. That's why we are admonished that in all things we should strive to get it (Proverbs 4:7).

Apart from wisdom being the highest in rank, it is also the most important. That means in everything a man does or desire to do, he needs it. Even in Christian life, in prayer, in bible's study, evangelism and in everything it is required. Often things are done out of zeal. This leads to a quick burnout and inability to continue in what is being done. It is needed for thorough planning to bring about continuity.

Wisdom is the most sought-after gift of God. Through it people are brought before Kings because the kings need it to rule and to decree justice (Proverbs 8:15).

Many wonder how it is got. There are various ways God gives it, but the beginning of it all is the fear of the Lord. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom...” —  (Proverbs 9:10).

Anyone who fears God he gives it to him.  Even a child who fears him and avoids sin will exhibit wisdom in character and judgement.

It can also be gotten through prayer. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally...” — (James 1:5). This is important when it is needed at any instant time, like before studying the Bible or reading other books.

It can also be got by being born again. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8). But wisdom as a gift of the Holy Spirit has to be exercised continually. The same applies to every other gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Paul in his epistle admonished Timothy to stir continually the gift he received from him by the laying on hands (2 Timothy 1:6). What that means is that some have the wisdom as a gift of the Holy Spirit but it can't yield fruits because it is left dormant and not use or used before but abandoned.

But have you wonder how people get it without being born again or practicing the Christian faith? You must have come across such who is not born again or does not practice the Christian faith, but when they speak or write you wonder how they got such wisdom.

They got it because of their genuine interest and love for others. Not the dramatized love and concern of lip service and hypocrisy, but deep rooted in their heart.

Having genuine interest and concern for other people is the universal rule for obtaining wisdom and other blessings from God (Galatians 6:2).

This is seen in the Bible when God asked Solomon to ask anything from him. Solomon instead of asking for riches and wealth he asked for wisdom, and what was it for? To rule his people Israel (2 Chronicles 1:10).

He had the interest of the people at heart, so God easily granted his request.

He asked first before it was granted to him but before God granted it to him he was moved by the concern he had for the people, “... but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king” — (2 Chronicles 1:11).

Having concern for others does not only  open doors to receive the gift from God but helps in receiving quick answers to prayers because he knows the answer will not only benefit the person praying, but others also. This is his will for us.

Anyone having the interest of others at heart, God pours out many blessings on him because He loves blessing people who will bless people.

God detest selfishness. Selfishness hinders prayer and fasting (See the approved fasting of the Lord in Isaiah 58:6-10).

However, why showing concern for others the same wisdom is required because Satan and his cohorts can use this effect to sting. Showing concern for others means you show concern also for yourself and take necessary precautions as you help people. May God help us all always. Amen.

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