Summary: Wisdom sounds like a wonderful thing to have. Broadly speaking, there are two types of wisdom that we all experience in our daily lives, worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom. May God help us to have Godly wisdom in every season of life.
Living in a Season of Wisdom
We are continuing in our series on discovering our destiny and our focus this month is on knowing what season we are in. The natural seasons are winter, spring, summer and autumn; there are also spiritual seasons in our lives.
Our focus today has been on Autumn and a calm and wise transition. Tonight I want us to think about what it means to be wise so that we can live in a season of wisdom.
Look at the words of Proverbs 3:13-18:
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honour in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
Wisdom sounds like a wonderful thing to have. Broadly speaking, there are two types of wisdom that we all experience in our daily lives, worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom.
Dictionary.com defines wisdom in this way:
- the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise.
- the fact of being based on sensible or wise thinking.
- the body of knowledge and experience that develops within a specified society or period.
In the Biblical sense, wisdom is the “ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding”.
There is wisdom in understanding the consequences of our actions and words before we act or speak.
Let me ask you a question: Are you living in a season of worldly wisdom or a season of Godly wisdom?
Worldly is following the popular opinion of the world. Godly is following the precepts and commands of God.
Are some of your choices, opinions, actions, based on what the world thinks is wise rather than on what God says is wise?
As disciples of Jesus we need to understand that we cannot be both worldly and godly; they do not mix. James 4:4 warns us, “Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.”
If we embrace the modern liberal thinking of the world, if we accept things that are against the will of God then we are turning our back on the truth of the wisdom of God.
1 John 2:15-17 also warns us Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
So, are you living in a season of worldly wisdom or a season of Godly wisdom? Can you easily say which season you are in?
Godly wisdom is demonstrated in our lives when we, seek to follow God’s will and purpose for our life. When we live according to the commands and precepts of God. When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us.
But, as we go through life, we discover that we are not always wise in the choices we make. Maybe we simply did what we thought was best, maybe we acted on impulse, or maybe we listened to ungodly advice from someone we knew. Humanly speaking there have probably been times in each of our lives when we have failed to fully follow the wisdom of God.
The Bible, The Word of God is the Holy Spirit inspired Wisdom of God. The best wisdom to help each of us in our daily lives is found in God’s Word. The Bible is our guide in every season of life.
There are times when through prayer God will reveal His purpose and plan to us. There are also times when it is right and appropriate for us to seek counsel or advice from other Christians.
Wherever the wisdom comes from, however much we trust the person who gives it, or how certain we are that it must be of God, if the wisdom is contradictory to the Bible then it is not from God. When we follow Godly wisdom, we are in harmony with God, we will live according to His will.