WALKING IN WISDOM, JAMES 1:5
indeed better than rubies” as Solomon says, “and all the things that may be
desired are not to be compared to it,” Prov. 8:11. The major source of it is the Divine who
gives it to men especially if they ask for it, James 1:5. But not everyone
desires it Prov. 1:7.
created Adam and located him in the Garden of Eden, Gen. 2:15, He gave him
wisdom, to lead the entire human creation and the resources to accomplish the
task. But Adam submitted to the deception of satan and the “wisdom” of his
wife, Gen. 3:6, 12. God was not impressed because Adam had abandoned the Wisdom
from Above. He cursed him along with the other culprits-satan the evil one, and
Eve who was supposed to be his Helper but had become his liability.
if God gives you wisdom you must treasure it. A wise man would never have crossed
the boundary, which God had set for him, by submitting to his wife’s sentiments.
More so that it was the man to whom God gave clear instructions on the use of
the resources of the Garden of Eden, and the consequence of its misuse, Gen.
asked Solomon, at the beginning of his reign, to ask what he wanted Him to do
for him. In humility he asked for wisdom, to enable him rule the kingdom justly.
In response God gave him what he asked for “a wise and “understanding heart…,”
In addition God gave him riches and honour which he did not ask for, I Kings
as God never forgot the love and loyalty of David his father He blessed him far
beyond his expectations but He added a caveat-he must walk in His ways.
Otherwise He would not grant him long life, I Kings 3:14
As He would
do for an obedient servant God fulfilled His promises. He made him the wisest
and most successful king in his generation, I Kings 4:21-34 but when he
offended him on account of his lifestyle, I Kings 11:1-8 God decided to ignore
His own portion of His covenant with him, relating to the perpetuity of the
House of David on the throne, I Kings 11:11-13, Ps. 89:20-29.
So, as a
believer, how do you walk in wisdom? No human being is really wise. Wisdom
comes from God, Ps. 136:5. Therefore to walk in wisdom is to be like Jesus. He
is the son of God and was wise from childhood, Luke 2:45-49. The Father was in
Him and He was in the father, John 14:10 – you cannot really separate one from
the other. Jesus is the power and wisdom
of God, I Cor. 1:23-24.
(b) You must be humble, I Kings 3:7-9. Jesus is the son of God but
He never used His status to oppress anyone Phil 2:5-11. Rather He willingly
suffered persecution in the hands of those he created, John 1:1-5 although He
was aware, well is advance, of the humiliation and pain that awaited Him on the
cross, Matt. 26:1-2. Yet He submitted to the will of the Father for your sake
(c) As a believer you must be prayerful. When challenges arise you
should accept in faith that God would not abandon you, I Cor. 10:13. Even when
Shadrack, Meshack and Abednigo were confronted with violent death they never gave
in to credible threats and hostile actions by Nebuchadnezzer. God saved them
even when they had resigned to their fate.
must obey and serve Him consistently knowing that in the place of assignment He
will grant you wisdom and understanding, to execute the task or tasks as He did
for Aaron, Exodus 28:1-3.