• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Wisdom


Wisdom is a gift of God’s provision for every day.

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

“And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD…” Isaiah 11:2

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him…” Ephesians 1:17

God gave Joseph the spirit of wisdom to know and understand dreams and to “forecast the weather” for Pharaoh, so to speak, before there were satellites to track El Ninos. And God provided for everyone who submitted to His wisdom. Pharaoh and his entire household benefited from Joseph’s plan to store-up in times of abundance for the future in times of need.

Jesus demonstrated the power of God to turn the meager (five loves of bread and two fish) into an excessive supply by faith and thanksgiving. It starts with one person willing to give what he had and then the Master’s touch caused it to increase as it was ministered to others to more than enough to meet the needs of everyone. One person’s generosity can cause a chain reaction of liberality if people are willing to be like little children in their giving. I don’t doubt for a moment that the little child who gave his lunch had any thought his offering would not be enough to feed everyone who was hungry. I think he fully expected what he had to be enough. Such is the way of childlike faith; so God made it so.

David demonstrated how God takes pleasure in favoring and blessing people who are righteous and faithful in their ways. He delights in promotion and in showing Himself strong in behalf of the righteous. And we are the righteousness of God in Him. That’s His declaration concerning us.

The Wisdom of God provides for us in times of need, anchors us in times of turmoil and seasons of war, strengthens us when temptations make our way hard and the course of our lives are strewn with stumbling blocks of fear and doubt. Wisdom teaches us when we lack understanding so that we choose to please God rather than to give in to the fleeting pleasures of sin. Wisdom informs us that God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Wisdom informs us of the times to come and leads us in ways to provide for our needs and sustain us through the tough times.

“Our Father, God of all Wisdom, Giver of all Life and Provider of all our needs, thank You for loving us enough to never leave us or forsake us even to the ends of the world. We are amazed at Your grace, which teaches us to be wise and to trust Your way. Even when we can’t see the end we know Your heart and therefore we are comforted and encouraged to press on toward the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus our Lord. Father, keep our minds and our hearts in tune with the voice of Your wisdom and the music of Heaven. We worship You because You are worthy of all our praise. We worship You because there is no other God but You. We worship because You created us to worship and in You only our worship finds it’s greatest meaning and purpose. We love You Lord, Our God, We Love You Jesus Christ , Our Savior and Lord, We Love You Holy Spirit, Our Teacher, Our Guide, the Revealer of Wisdom and the Giver of Understanding. Thank You Father, God, for providing all our needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus in whose Holy, Wise and matchless name we pray. Amen.”

Genesis 44:1—45:28, Matthew 14:13—36, Psalm 18:37—50, Proverbs 4:11—13

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