Unlocking the power of God’s Word.
I used to complicate things when it came to understanding wisdom. My tendency was to shy away from the truth that I could live in the power and blessing of obedience now, and this was because there were too many voices whispering inside my heart. For most people, the strongest voice inside their heart is the voice of pride- a loud and forceful whisper that incessantly asks for our allegiance. God wants to empower us to live a life of wisdom by choosing humility over pride. If we’re not careful, we might envision a philosophical view of wisdom instead of seeing it as a practical way of life and seeking to live it out on a day to day basis. The closer I grew in my understanding of the Word of God, however, my thoughts started to become God’s thoughts and the reality of His Truth was practically displayed in my daily life. You see, most people find Bible verses nice sounding and it even makes them feel a surge of energy inside their heart as they read them but that’s not enough. We need to go deeper than just accumulating knowledge about God, we need to align our lives to what God speaks to us through His Word. If we sincerely desire to live in obedience to God, we will start to read His Word with a willing heart instead of just reading it in order to satisfy our conscience. The secret to unlocking the power of God’s Word is not hidden from those that have set their hearts on searching it. When God placed before the nation of Israel the choice of life and death and required obedience while warning about the curse of disobedience, He said, “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it” (Deuteronomy 30:11-14). We often desire to be wise and tend of think that wisdom is something that we can acquire in our own strength and through our own resources but the Bible says in Job 28:28, “And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” We are not called to cultivate our own wisdom (there isn’t any wisdom to be found in us but God alone gives wisdom because it is His) but to seek God’s wisdom by fearing God and turning away from sin. The greatest enemy to unlocking the power of God’s Word is pride so beware of its poisonous roots that want to overtake the soil of your heart. Micah 6:8 says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” God asks us to live our lives justly (walk in the straight path of truth), give ourselves to kindness and not to wrath, and to walk in the path of humility. Jesus Christ is the truth and the way and a life lived by following His example is one that leads to abundant life here on earth and eternal life after death. In a world that boasts of knowing it all, turn away from the snares of worldly wisdom and seek to live a life of humble obedience and you will find the secret to the wisdom of God!
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.