Wisdom Cont…

For the past two weeks been preaching about wisdom. Let’s review:

Who was the wisest man on earth?

How did he get wisdom? He asked God. It was his #1 request.

 Solomon’s requests for wisdom is more specific in Hebrew as hearing God. Why do we need to hear God? Because God says to us:

“For My thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isa. 55:8-9

          God does not think like us. There is wisdom from the earth and man that is not in accordance with God’s wisdom.

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there but water the earth and make it bring forth and bud that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall MY WORD THAT GOES FORTH FROM MY MOUTH; it shall not return to Me void but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”   Isa. 55:10-11

Wisdom is hearing the Word that comes from God’s mouth to you concerning your specific situation.

Very important to go to God first before you go to other people. You can get wisdom from other people but the danger is if you don’t go to God first then the wisdom others may share with you may sound good but it is still not what God has to say.

What has God said to me? What is God saying to me?

-        This is why you keep a note pad and you pick up bits and pieces along your journey.

Beware of letting people tell you what God is saying to you! Prophecies that try to tell you what to do. NT prophecy is not telling someone who to marry or what job to take. NT prophecy should be a confirmation of what God has already been speaking into your heart. If a prophecy given you does not sound like anything you have been hearing from God then put it on the shelf.

The leaders God used in the Bible were for the most part reluctant leaders. Solomon never sought to be king. Moses was reluctant.

David did not seek to be king. Gideon .

-        The leaders God chose did not seek power but were chosen by God to exercise power.

Ill. King Solomon had the 2 women claiming the same baby. “Bring me a sword” he says. I am sure his attendants wondered, “What is this guy doing??? When he threatened to divide the baby and give half to each the real mom said don’t – let her have the baby. The other lady said, no just divide it. He wisely discovered the real mom and gave the baby to her.

Was everybody happy? No. The other lady and her friends probably not. But the wisdom of God was clear in this case.

Other times God’s wisdom is not so obvious at first.

          Ill. Time there was an issues between Sarah and Hagar. Both wife  belong to the same man. Abraham had Ishmael. Sarah has Isaac 13 years later. Sarah sees Ishmael mocking Isaac and tells Abram to get Hagar and Ishmael away. We can’t live in the same place anymore.

          Abraham is distraught but God speaks and says do what she says and send them away. He does the hard thing and sends them away not understanding God’s ways.

-        But it was this incident that brought Hagar to her own personal revelation of God. She discovered for her self God is El- Roi – the God who sees me. You see the hidden hurting places in me. When hope runs empty take heart – God knows where we are and what we are going through – He sees everything while we only see in part.

God’s wisdom is not always obvious to us nor does it make sense.

Remember Arthur Blessit’s words from Sunday. God told him to take the cross from off the outside of the church and start walking. He planned on doing this then suddenly had to be hospitalized for sickness and then was told he had a brain tumor and would die if he left the hospital. He had to do what we must do!

What has God said to me? What is God saying to me?

Doctors are telling me what I should do. My family is telling me what I should do. But what has God told me and is He telling me to do?

He left the hospital speaking these words:

“I’d rather obey God and die and trying to do what He told me to do, than to lay here and die in this hospital bed.”  Arthur Blessit

I lost track of him since he moved from Florida but I did contact him by e-mail the other day. HE said to me, “I am 78 years old and still carrying the cross!”

He obeyed God rather than what man was telling him to do and has not looked back.

Concl: Pursuing wisdom is pursuing what God has been saying to you and what He is saying to you.