Distinctive Wisdom

“Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?..  We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles… And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God…

“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him’—

“these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. ‘For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:20b,23,30a; 2:6-16

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 1:5; 3:17

These days call for wisdom. People wave it like a banner with hot puffed pontification, big words, accumulated information, and alphabets behind their names. But worldly wisdom is naught in God’s eyes when not filtered through His Spirit and grounded in Scripture. Accumulated knowledge- the world has plenty and varied to offer- apart from Christ and His truth, is empty and bears no lasting fruit. (Proverbs 9:10; Isaiah 33:6; John 15:5)

Are we eager to find wisdom and hone spiritual discernment? In our experiences, education, and industry, how do we actively seek the mind of Christ? Do we depend fully on the Holy Spirit, or human wisdom? When we enter any endeavor first through the door of Christ, and seek Him about our situation, aligning our will with His word, He will give wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to guard and guide us in His good way. The world may not understand it, or us, but the Spirit gives inward assurance. (Proverbs 2:1-11)

What am I specifically doing to build my wisdom repertoire and buttress my spirit in Christ? Then where and how am I passing it on? (Psalm 37:30-31)

Lord God, with You is the fountain of life and wisdom. Fill me with wisdom from above, help me see light in Your light, so I can bear Your truth distinctly in this needy world. (Psalm 36:9)

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