I love listening to people who have travelled the road of life, they are real treasures, full of wisdom and experiences.
Yet I cannot live their lives and I can only relate in part. I know that I have this life to live and I am forging by own path and yet this path is full different people, experiences, challenges, victories, defeats, highs and lows.
Sometimes I look back the road that I have travelled and I wonder how I have come this far! Sometime I hear people saying the same thing but with deep sadness and regrets, “If I can only go back and change things then my life would be so different right now”.
Life is the accumulation of defining moments and every “moment” that we have, we are faced with the opportunity to change. But the very nature of change is chaotic, it is unsettling and it is uncomfortable and yet somehow rewarding.
I heard more than once this week that I am not the best preacher, that I am not the best evangelist, that I am not the best pastor, and that I am not the best prophet but my Friend IS. That “friend is the Holy Spirit in me” He makes me look good and in return I give Him all the Glory.
I don’t have to be too old to gain wisdom, wisdom is right here to be recieved and right here to be given.
What we need is to become a friend of Beautiful Wisdom.
“Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.” (Proverbs 8:10–12 NIV11)
If we want to live well then we need to listen to the voice of Wisdom. Wisdom is a teacher of truth, Wisdom of a fountain of knowledge and Wisdom is a friend of sanity, self-control and discretion.
Wisdom is in the Holy Spirit, Wisdom is in the very nature of God and in the very person of of Jesus. This is what Isaiah says about Jesus. “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD— and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:2–3 NIV11-GKE).
Isaiah said that Jesus the King will have the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding to rule well. Jesus the King Warrior will have a Spirit of Counsel and Might and Jesus will have a Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord, which is spiritual leadership, to lead us into his Presence.
We are encouraged to ask God for Wisdom, James said “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV11)
I love what James says, Wisdom is available to all and it is unconditional, Wisdom does not requires you to be good or religious.
What if Wisdom is hidden inside of us? Paul wrote “for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV11-GKE)
Some may say that we have access to the mind of Christ, but that is not what the text says, we have the mind of Christ and that means that we have His Wisdom.
What if we call out prophetically to Wisdom, King David wrote :“Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.” (Psalms 51:6 NIV11-GKE). ” “Wisdom” in this context refers to the abiding endowment of human beings by God, which empowers them with the ability to cope with life in healthy and constructive ways. It has its origin before birth, according to Ps 51:8. (Marvin E. Tate, Psalms 51–100, WBC 20; Accordance/Thomas Nelson electronic ed.Waco: Word Books, 1990, 21.)”
What if we call out the wisdom that God gave us in the secret place? I believe that prophecy in this context can be the key to unlock the Wisdom that we long for. James is right: Wisdom is given to all.
I may not have all the answers in this life but my Best Friend Has. We can have wisdom, understanding, might and counsel because we are in Christ.