If you think wisdom is an Old Testament thing…
…you couldn’t be more wrong. The word wisdom appears at least 50 times in the New Testament. Understanding – 18 times. Knowledge – 44 times. Righteousness – 77 times. All these words are part of or the product of wisdom. None of them are independent of each other. On the flip side – none of them lead to God. However, the more we know God and understand His ways, the more we will be able to know how we should and shouldn’t live.
They called on God to know him better.
The point of all knowledge, understanding and wisdom is get closer to God. The point is to align ourselves with His ways and His teaching. We don’t gain knowledge so we can lord it over someone else’s head to prove to them how much we know about God. I’ve seen those who think knowing a lot about God is the equivalent of knowing God and it’s not pretty. It doesn’t take a real mature Christian to observe that there is something not right with them. Even many non-believers can observer their lives from the outside and see that they aren’t anything like Christ. They know a lot about him, but have not adjusted their lives to live like Him.
And even then, if God never gets a hold of your heart, you can know a lot about God and do a lot of godly things, but still no know God. There are many who know the things they are or aren’t supposed to do so they do or don’t do them. But, they have never entered into a real relationship with God, so their actions are in vain.
Knowing God isn’t just in your head. Knowing God isn’t just in your actions. Knowing God is about total surrender. And when we give all of ourselves over to God, then He can truly start to work in us and through us in ways only He can take credit for.
So, as you pray today, seek total surrender in your life. As you grow in your knowledge of God, make sure your heart is in your pursuit. Ask for God’s help to lead you into a life that is humble and selfless – totally surrendered to Him.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.