Ephesians 1:7-8 (CSB) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding.
“You cannot learn wisdom. Wisdom is a gift.” AW Tozer
Twenty years ago, fairytale faith didn’t cut it anymore. Either God would be found faithful and real faith would grow in me or I was completely abandoning Christianity soured by religion. Over ten years ago, I decided that I wanted to hear the Voice of God. Coupled with my deep desire for real and authentic faith, I committed to getting up 15 minutes early to pray and listen for the Lord through His Spirit to speak directly to me. Embarking on this journey was all about me “proving” the reality of God. I feel so silly now. Thankfully the long road of repentance is paved with amazing grace. What I thought to be all about “me” and “my effort” has created a desperate need for a Living Savior every single day. I thought “I” was the one doing something for God but in reality the Lord was preparing me for war. The fight to the finish for this faith I completely longed for. He was preparing my heart and mind for a battle only He could win.
For years, people have asked how I find time to read, study and share the Word of God almost every day. I generally start with the basics of routine. I get up around 4:30 AM every day. I lose the majority at the thought of foregoing sleep. A.W. Tozer said, “When you kill time remember that it has no resurrection.” I love sleep. Remember, in the beginning, I committed a whopping 15 whole minutes of precious rest. Over time, it just wasn’t enough. We hear the Gospel. The redemption story of Jesus saving us from our sin with His Precious Blood. Who doesn’t want amazing grace? Then the ignorance of man challenges the changing heart and soul. It doesn’t like what it hears about this whole repentance thing especially the part of flesh dying to give way to the Holy Spirit. Hold on…let’s not get crazy.
“According to the riches of His Grace that He richly poured out on us with ALL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING…”
These are the words that grabbed hold of my heart today. With ALL wisdom and understanding…God didn’t just send His Son to save us, set us free and leave us to figure it all out on our own. He gave us His Holy Spirit to take the Word (Jesus) who He also gave us and build a new foundation of knowledge that allows us to walk in the riches of His Grace. There is more to the story of salvation than can only be discovered in sanctification which is a process of knowledge of God turning into wisdom and understanding.
Proverbs 2:1-6 (CSB) My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
“Wisdom comes to the heart that is hungry for God. Wisdom is what God gives to the man who forsakes his sin and turns to His Savior.” AW Tozer
Repentance is more than an apology it is a turning point. The fear of God is where faith begins. To respect and honor God with the freedom from sin and death given to us by Jesus Christ. I know this sounds practical and not too exciting, but according to the Word of God in Hosea 4:6 – the Lord warns that people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is the Word of God that came to the earth and demonstrated God’s Great Love for us. It is the Word that is in us. We must feed our spirit the Word of God to allow it to grow into wisdom and understanding.
Wisdom is the ability to think or act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. The knowledge gained from God’s Word becomes wisdom. When we set aside time to read, study, pray and meditate on His Word it feeds our spirit and soul. To seek understanding and not just take every preacher, sermon, teaching and podcast at face value creates a relationship. As our mind is transformed and renewed, our logic changes until common sense is founded on the reality of our faith. God wants to share His Secrets with you. The ones that will change your life for the better. He wants to give us insight from His Perspective to know how He thinks, acts and most importantly loves! Wisdom is cultivated from a heart hungry enough for God to come to His Table each day.
Proverbs 4:5-9 (CSB) Get wisdom, get understanding; don’t forget or turn away from the words from my mouth. Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you. Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you. She will place a garland of favor on your head;
she will give you a crown of beauty.
“No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.” CS Lewis
In James 1:5, it tells those lacking wisdom to ask God for it. However, when God gives us knowledge and understanding – faith in God must take action or there will be no wisdom found. Jesus died to give us a rich and satisfying life. He didn’t say it would perfect with difficulties or hardship. In fact, Jesus told us that would happen, too. However, in the midst of the darkest valley during our son’s battle with cancer, I had wisdom that no matter how things looked God was with us. His Word perpetually played in my heart and mind when the enemy shouted lies, worsening prognoses, and cancer spreading faster than modern medicine could contain it. I had perfect peace. Peace that passed understanding because God had given me wisdom when I was hungry for Him. Ironically, I came to the kitchen table back then before I had a study. What I thought was me giving God something of worth proved that I can never out give the God I serve. There is no greater gift than salvation. Yet God is so good who gave us His Best and then chooses to give us more. Seek wisdom. Live on purpose. Pursue godly knowledge. Press for understanding according to God’s Word. Read your Bible. Study it. Meditate on it. Fill yourself to overflowing with knowledge and understanding. Apply it to every aspect of your life. To those who use it – He will give you even more. God will give you wisdom! Those who seek Him always find Him!
Proverbs 3:13 (CSB) Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding…