Are you looking for wisdom? Do you long to gain insights to greater things? Would you like to prove yourself smarter than the appointed leaders? Have you asked God to grant you His wisdom?
I believe most of us, if not all of us, would love to be smarter. There are many times we would love to prove to our bosses we are smarter than they give us credit. We want to be able to say, “I told you so.” Sometimes, that is warranted. At other times, we still have a lot to learn.
Perhaps the first thing we should do is define wisdom. Wisdom, or to be wise, is to have knowledge of what is right and couple it with judgment. In plain language, it means we must use knowledge with good judgment to do what is right, make good decisions, give good advice.
Where does true wisdom come from? God! Of course, God doesn’t go around speaking wisdom with a megaphone for all of us to hear. He speaks through His Word. He speaks through the writings of the Apostles. He speaks through other Christians. He speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. God speaks to us in many ways without speaking from a burning bush.
In today’s passage, Paul is telling the church in Corinth that he was speaking God’s wisdom to those who were mature and would understand what he was saying. He tells them the rulers of their present age don’t understand God’s wisdom nor is he speaking about the knowledge or wisdom of those rulers. Paul was speaking of something much higher, much more precious.
God’s wisdom, His plan for humanity, was hidden until Christ came. He provided prophecy of what was come. He provided hints to the prophets concerning His plan. But it was not fully revealed until Christ walked the earth and taught His wisdom to those who were willing to listen and absorb it.
God planned it long before we were born. In fact, He planned it before time began. That’s hard for us to wrap our mind around, isn’t it? Before God created Adam and Eve, He knew they were going to fall, and He planned the redemption of all mankind beforehand. Why? To glorify us. Imagine that! God desires to glorify us, and He does so in His wisdom.
I pray we all listen for God’s wisdom. I pray we all ask God to grant us His wisdom. I pray each one of us seeks to understand God’s wisdom. Gain knowledge. Apply knowledge with judgment. Seek God’s wisdom. Ask God to grant you wisdom. Be wise.
1 Corinthians 2:6-7 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.