God's Way to Health, Wealth & Wisdom
- Friday, October 15, 2004
God's wisdom is available through the promise of the Father, the product of the Spirit, the presence of the Savior, the pursuit of the Scripture, and the prayer of the saint. In this second part, we'll look at the final two aspects of discovering God's way to health, wealth and wisdom.
The Pursuit Of Scripture
Proverbs 2:1 says, "My son, if thou wilt receive my words…" Solomon knew he could not force feed these nuggets. The Word of God is there for the taking. It is fully accessible to everyone. But we must receive it. Apart from that, wisdom is not available.
Our first step in this pursuit is to have an appreciation for God's Word. When Solomon said we must "receive" these words, he used a form of the word "hospitality." Do you put out the welcome mat and bring out the fine china when God's Word knocks upon the door of your heart?
Second, we must appropriate the Word of God. Proverbs 2:1 continues, "…and hide my commandments with thee." Not only must we let the Word get in; we must let it get down into the recesses of our hearts. We must hide the Word in our hearts.
Third, we must assimilate God's Word. Proverbs 2:2b says we must "incline thine ear unto wisdom…" The meaning in the original language is literally “to sharpen the hearing." When God speaks, we are to strain with every part of our being to hear what He has to say. Fourth, we must activate His Word. In the same verse, the instructions are to "apply thine heart to understanding." Wisdom must be activated. Then and only then do we truly have wisdom. We must pursue the Word of God. We must pray over it. We must study it. We must immerse ourselves in it.
The Prayer Of The Saint
Proverbs 2:3 5 says, "Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God."
We should pray with intensity. Crying after knowledge, lifting up our voices - these phrases do not describe mundane, ritualistic prayer. Here is a human being filled with emotion, straining with mind, body, soul, and spirit, to know wisdom by knowing God. And God does business with those who mean business. It's what James described as the "effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man" (James 5:16b).
We need to pray with persistency. Solomon compares this to a search for buried treasure. If you or I had reason to believe a treasure chest was hidden somewhere beneath our property, I predict we would not give up easily in the search to find it. Now, what if we sought wisdom the way we seek wealth? What impact do you think we would make on the world?
We are to pray with expectancy. This is seen in verses Proverbs 2:5-6: "Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."
Do you recognize the promise? The believer prays with intensity, persistency, and absolute expectancy that God will hear his prayer and grant him wisdom. James 1:5 6 says: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." Let him ask with expectancy! Wisdom comes to those who expect God to provide it.
And when we come before God and ask Him for wisdom, He is as pleased as He was when Solomon did so. He isn't in the business of keeping His wisdom locked away from us, any more than good parents want their children to be ignorant.
You need wisdom in choosing a school, in selecting a career, in finding a mate, in making a decision, and He is prepared to pour it out! We must diligently pursue the Scriptures, praying as a saint, and every moment proceed in the presence of the Savior. When we do these things the wisdom of Christ takes root within us.
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