Fresh Hope – 30th January 2019

In 2 Chronicles 1, God appears to King Solomon and says, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you’.

I wonder what we would ask for if we could have anything we wanted right now? A million pounds? A new car? Some friends? Family? But Solomon asks for something that isn’t tangible. He says, ‘Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people’ (1 Chronicles 1:10). Wisdom?! Seems a little boring doesn’t it? You see, Solomon understood the power of wisdom. He knew that nothing could be established without it. Money would fade, riches would fade, but wisdom would establish and build for generations.

We aren’t talking about intelligence. Intelligence is valuable, but it is limits us to our own earthly mind. Wisdom is heavenly. It is the mind of Christ and the heart of God and therefore unlimited. To build anything of value and impact requires your own brain, but also the wisdom of God. In Proverbs 24:3 we read, ‘Wise people are builders… and through intelligence and insight their enterprises are established and endure’. It takes both a logical brain and the brain of God (wisdom imparted to us), to establish something that is lasting. This is freeing for us because it means that it isn’t up to us to solve problems! It is up to us to rely on God for the answer to the problems, as he imparts his knowledge to us!

Proverbs 24 continues, ‘Wisdom can make anyone into a mighty warrior’. This tells us that to be a hero, it is better to have the wisdom of God, than just mere physical strength. ‘And revelation-knowledge increases strength’ (Proverbs 24:5). Knowledge is wonderful, but ‘revelation’ is when the nature and wisdom of God is revealed to us – and that is FAR more powerful than just head-knowledge.

We are fools if we believe that we can successfully navigate life, and build something that will endure all by ourselves. This mentality will sell yourself out of the depths and endless opportunities that are available to us through the wisdom of God.  

I love this definition of wisdom, ‘Wisdom applies knowledge and takes creative and courageous action to solve problems, create opportunities, and increase the well-being of all’. How productive, creative, courageous, and fruitful will we become when we apply the mind of Christ to every problem or situation we face? Seek out the wisdom of God today, for it is worth more than gold (Proverbs 16:16).

Emma Burchell

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