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Jul 21/2015

Gate Community Summer - Day 30

Yesterday we looked at a couple ways we can GET WISDOM. Today, we look at a couple more...

The next thing we should do to get wisdom is PRAY. Solomon, the primary author of Proverbs, was not born a wise man. He prayed for wisdom and God said, "Because you have asked this and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold now I do according to your word" (1 Kings 3:11). And Daniel admitted that in himself he had no wisdom (Daniel 2:30), but he said, "To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and strength, and have made known to me what we asked of you" (2:23). And we have seen how Paul prayed that the churches might be given "spiritual wisdom" (Colossians 1:9) and that they might have "a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of God" (Ephesians 1:17). And finally, James puts it as clearly as we could wish: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God" (James 1:5). Solid spiritual wisdom is not natural. It is supernatural. It is a gift of God.

Finally, there is one last, absolutely essential thing to do if you would "get wisdom": you must COME TO JESUS. He said to the people of his day, "The queen of the south will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold something greater than Solomon is here" (Matthew 12:42). What an understatement. Greater than Solomon indeed! Solomon spoke God's wisdom. Jesus is the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30). Others had spoken truth; HE is the truth. Others had pointed the way to life; he is the way and the life (John 14:6). Others had given promises, but "all the promises of God find their yes in him" (2 Corinthians 1:20). Others had offered God's forgiveness; Jesus bought it by his death. Therefore, in him are "hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). Therefore, the command, "GET WISDOM" means first and foremost "Come to Jesus! Come to Jesus!" in who are hid all the treasures of wisdom.

GET WISDOM!

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