by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday July 21, 2005
The Benefits of Wisdom
Human wisdom is meaningless in God's eyes. The truth is, God's foolishness is wiser than man's understanding. (1 Corinthians 1:25) While it may feel risky to set aside our reasoning to seek after God's, the benefits of "wisdom walking" are great.
The first blessing is in knowing God. The Lord is personally involved in every facet of our lives. The better we know His character, the more we will understand His viewpoint, recognize where He is working, and be able to respond properly to life's circumstances. Another way we will profit is through receiving clear guidance. Because God sees everything, His perspective is 100 percent accurate, and all His decisions are right. He comprehends exactly what is required to accomplish His will in our lives and what it will take to resolve problems in a godly way. He will help us succeed.
A third benefit is divine protection. Scripture tells us that "He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe (Proverbs 28:26 niv)." This verse warns us not to rely on our emotions, which are easily influenced by ungodliness. Nor can we trust in the opinions of the world, because it has abandoned God. Wisdom’s protection comes when we have a discerning spirit, one that is sensitive to God's purpose and will for our lives. (Proverbs 10:13) With it, we gain insight into the unseen and the unspoken because nothing is hidden from the Spirit of God.
Intimacy with God. Clear guidance. Divine Protection. Human wisdom cannot provide any of these. Only God through Christ's Spirit can.
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