Ephesians 1:17 “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
A few weeks ago, I had a birthday. I turned 🙂 years old. Now, I may not always be the sharpest crayon in the box, but I have learned a thing or two during my time on this earth. And one of the things I’ve learned is that there is a big difference between wisdom and intelligence. It is possible to be both wise and intelligent. But if I could only have one or the other, I’d choose wisdom.
You see, intelligence is something we are basically born with, and it refers to our capacity to memorize facts, or to solve intellectual problems. Wisdom, on the other hand, comes only from God, and refers to our ability to live our lives in a worthwhile way. Intelligence can help us get a good job, but wisdom will help us keep that job. Intelligence can help us know how to manipulate people. Wisdom helps us to love people. Intelligent people are admired by others. Wise people are loved and honored and revered by others.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” You see, my friends, wisdom is really just thinking like God thinks. God wants us to know Him. He wants us to know His thoughts, His desires, His heart. More than anything, He wants to have a close relationship with each one of us. And so, if we ask God for wisdom – which is really asking Him what He thinks about something – He will give it freely.
God is not mysterious. He is not a God of concealment, but rather, a God of revelation! He will reveal Himself to anyone who asks Him to. And the more we seek Him, the more we search for His heart and His mind and His way of thinking, the more He will give it! And through this process of seeking the mind of God, we get to know Him better!
Do you want to know Him better, my friends? Then tell Him so! Say, God, I want to know You. I want Your wisdom. I want to know Your thoughts and desires. I want to know what You would do if You were in my shoes. And guess what? His Holy Spirit will deliver that wisdom to you! Remember Jeremiah 29:13 – “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
All you have to do is ask.
Dear Father, Thank You for revealing Your wisdom to me. Please continue to do so, as I seek to know You more.