Wisdom: Getting Serious about Knowing God

Trust in the Lord and do what is right. Settle in the land and maintain your integrity.
Then you will take delight in the Lord, and He will answer your prayers.
Commit your future to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act on your behalf. He will vindicate you in broad daylight, and publicly defend your just cause.
Wait patiently for the Lord! Wait confidently for Him!
Do not fret over the apparent success of wicked schemes. Do not be angry and frustrated.
Do not fret. That only leads to trouble.

(Psalm 37)

Believers often pray for wisdom. And we should! (James tells us to ask God, in faith, for wisdom.) Most of us want wisdom as we seek God’s will. But there’s a big difference in hoping we are in God’s will for our own good, and seeking God Himself for His glory. Once I became a follower of Christ and was saved, I had a desire to know the will of God and obtain the wisdom of God. In my spiritual journey, I have sought to understand this spiritual gift (wisdom) from God’s perspective. When I began to realize how easy it is to misunderstand the wisdom of God, I started focusing on the qualities of wisdom found in scripture. There have been some wise people who have been tripped up by the seduction of “knowing more.” I can’t help but think that the enemy of our souls used that desire against the first humans. Sadly, they took the bait and sought more knowledge rather than seeking more of God. As one of those kinds of humans myself (liking to be ‘in the know’), I am tempted to exchange the more time-consuming work of gaining wisdom for more effortlessly obtaining knowledge. I mean, why should I spend energy and time seeking wisdom through prayer and bible study when I can just Google it and find out all I need to know?!

Well there’s one reason: Deep down, I most desire to know God.
It is my aim is to know Him, to experience His power, to become more like Him, and to ultimately be with Him forever. Knowing God is essential as I love and serve others. I never, ever, ever want to misrepresent God. It’s a holy dread of mine! As Steve Green sang, “I want to know You more. Deep within my soul, I want to know You. To feel Your heart and know Your mind, looking in Your eyes stirs up within me cries that say: I want to know You. Oh, I want to know You more.”
As my focus has shifted from “discovering God’s will” in the past several years, I’ve learned that wisdom is something we gain as we get to know God through His Word and prayer. I’ve also noticed that His will isn’t hidden from us. God is not playing hide-and-seek with us. It is in knowing God that we begin to discern His will and gain His wisdom. As we learn what His will is, we wisely move forward in what will glorify God…

Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks.
For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
. (1 Thessalonians 5)

For God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. (1 Peter 2)

Present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God — which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12)

Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.
(1 Corinthians 2)

Now my heart’s desire is to know You more;
to be found in You and known as Yours;
to possess by faith what I could not earn –
all-surpassing gift of righteousness.
Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You;
there is no greater thing.
You’re my all, You’re the best, You’re my joy, my righteousness,
and I love You, Lord.

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