“O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.” Proverbs 8:5
How often have we heard, “It’s not that simple.”
Usually from people trying to make a decision, one way is hard, but right. The other is easy, but sleazy.
Or, “It’s complicated.” When it really isn’t.
We put up straw men, (: a weak or imaginary argument or opponent that is set up to be easily defeated), when it is something we know we should do, “but don’t wanna.“
That’s not really the point. He is talking to all of us, who would rather stand on tradition, Church Doctrine, or our own understanding, then the Word of God.
“O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.“
The first mention of Wisdom in the Bible, tells us Godly Wisdom is a Spirit.
“And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.”
Godly Wisdom is given for a specific task. In this case, to make the sanctified, (set apart for God’s service), garments for the High Priest. Only to be used, while ministering to the Lord.
Individuals also received the Spirit of Wisdom for the building of the Lords Tabernacle or Home, in the desert.
We see in the New Testament the Spiritual Gifts include a Word of Wisdom and a Word of Knowledge.
Both are things we could not know or understand in our Natural Man. They are given to us for the building of His Church, His Body for the work of the Gospel.
The Word of Knowledge is best shown in the life of Jesus.
He saw Phillip under the fig tree, (before being introduced), He saw the Desciples, in the midst of a storm in the sea, (before walking on water out to them).
Or with Rahab the harlet, when she told the spies to return another way. She knew if they didn’t, they would be captured.
A Word of Wisdom, tells us how to accomplish a certain task. Like building Gods Church. Or a certain path or way to proceed to avoid difficulty.
“O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.”
Our problems arise when we use the Wisdom of our Natual Man.
We use Man’s wisdom all the time.
Webster says Wisdom is:
“: knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life
: the natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand
: knowledge of what is proper or reasonable : good sense or judgement.“
That is Man’s wisdom, we need it, and we should seek it, but do not expect it to line up with the Wisdom of God, or use it for the Work of the Gospel.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
We need to seek out “Godly Wisdom. ”
A fair amount of our Churches are barely hanging on, attendance, tithes and giving are barely making expenses.
Our Natural Man tries Special Services, Home Coming, a movie and a meal, all to no avail.
To increase attendance, we must have a wonderful, engaging speaker, (that’s probably not you or I). Or the Spirit of God. We need the Spirit of God to grow His Church.
The Spirit of God, cannot be found in our Rituals, Traditions or Church Doctrines. The Bible is clear.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
What does this mean? We need to learn to sit at His feet. To learn to hear Him. To enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and His courts with Praise.
Sounds like an old song, doesn’t it? It is and it is the Word of God. (Psalm 100).
Our Sunday Services are so structured there is no room for the Holy Spirit to appear. We invite, then deny Him entrance.
We don’t wait on the Lord, we expect a microwave experience. Set for 30 seconds then enjoy.
Like a woman, the Holy Spirit needs to be romanced. We must learn true Praise. Not just the Doxology, but a lifting of our voices, our hearts, a clearing of our minds of all but expecting an in counter with God.
That in turn needs to morph into Worship. A bowing down of our will to Him. Allowing Him to truly reign in our hearts.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
If we would allow Him, He would teach us the way to the Holy of Holies. We can and must learn how to enter boldly, to find the grace and mercy we need.
1 Corinthians 2:5
“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
The Church needs the POWER OF GOD. If it wants to be the place where the Lord resides and the multitudes gather to learn His ways.
Open our eyes and hearts to welcome Your Spirit into our Services. Amen