Drawing Out God’s Wisdom

Paul PayneTeaching Resources

5Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom…8and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Proverbs 4:5-8

From these scriptures, we can clearly see the value that God has placed upon His wisdom. According to God’s Word, one who obtains the wisdom of God shall be preserved, kept, promoted and brought to honor. You’ll notice that God said, Wisdom is the principal thing. The word principal is defined as first in importance. In other words, God is instructing us to put His wisdom first place in our lives, and as a result it will bring forth many blessings. You should begin to realize that knowledge alone is not enough to secure the blessing of God. There are many men today who have much knowledge. When one knows how to put his knowledge of God’s Word in operation, then and only then is he a wise man.

Some think God is withholding His wisdom and that we do not have the right to think as God thinks. However, according to His Word, we are instructed to get wisdom. In Proverbs 3:13-18, we find:

13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain therof than fine gold. 15She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18She is a tree of life to them THAT LAY HOLD UPON HER: and happy is every one that retaineth her (emphasis added).

Did you notice the terminology He used? He used words that imply our ability to have the wisdom of God in our daily lives. I want you to look closely at another scripture in Proverbs 2:6-7:

6For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7He layeth up sound wisdom for (not from) the righteous… Praise God, He gives and He lays up His wisdom for us.

Some of you may be saying, “Yes, but that is all in the Old Testament, and that’s not for us today.” Let’s just take a look at what the New Testament says. First of all, we’ll read James 1:5-8:

5If 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. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (emphasis added).

The only stipulation that we find in receiving the wisdom of God is that you must ask in faith, expecting to receive. In Colossians 1:9-10, we have a prayer that the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to pray for Christian people just like you and me. You’ll notice that he said:

9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be FILLED with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (emphasis added).

If it is not the will of God for us to have access to the wisdom of God, why would the Holy Spirit have Paul pray in that manner? I am convinced that God’s primary purpose in giving us a copy of His Word is so that we may learn to think His thoughts and walk His ways. After all, doesn’t 1Corinthians 2:16 say we have the mind of Christ?

Do you remember the scripture we read in Proverbs 2:7? I would like for us to also read The Amplified Bible, for it is very enlightening: He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with him). Have you ever wondered where this wisdom is stored? The answer can be found in Colossians 2:3, In whom (Christ) are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. This is saying that the wisdom of God is hidden in Christ, and thank God, Christ is in me. Therefore, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are as close to me as my very breath, for they are hidden and stored up for me in Christ.

Now this presents another question: How do you get it out?

There are two primary ways of drawing out the wisdom of God. The first is through meditating God’s Word.

Mediating God’s Word is more than just reading. It is fixing your mind on the Word and dwelling upon it in your thought life. God told Joshua that if he would meditate His Word day and night, then he would deal wisely in all the affairs of his life. You must take time to shut yourself in with the Holy Spirit and the Word, away from the distractions of the world in order to receive God’s wisdom. You should dwell on the Word so as to allow the Holy Spirit to communicate with your spirit and unveil God’s wisdom to you until it absorbs you and you absorb it. As you do this, the wisdom you receive will cause you to become a master over circumstances.

At this point, I would like to share with you

(1) Apply the Word to you personally.
(2) Allow the Holy Spirit to make the Word a reality in your heart.
(3) Carefully ponder how this Word applies to your life.
(4) Dwell on how this Word changes your situation.
(5) Place yourself in agreement with what the Word says about you.
(6) Begin to see yourself as God sees you.
(7) Realize the integrity of God’s Word.

The second way in which we draw out God’s wisdom is found in 1 Corinthians 2:7-13:

7But WE SPEAK THE WISDOM OF GOD IN A MYSTERY, EVEN THE HIDDEN WISDOM, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now that we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE FREELY GIVEN TO US OF GOD. 13Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but WHICH THE HOLY GHOST TEACHETH; comparing spiritual things with spiritual (emphasis added).

He is saying that we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, and it is given by utterance of the Holy Spirit. Now read 1Corinthians 14:2, you will begin to see how this all ties together.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit HE SPEAKETH MYSTERIES (emphasis added).

The Amplified Bible says, he utters SECRET TRUTHS and HIDDEN THINGS [not obvious to the understanding] (emphasis added). Praise God, from the authority of God’s Word we can see that the utterances we are speaking is the hidden wisdom of God.

Proverbs 18:4 states, The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. Speaking in tongues acts as the bucket that we dip into the wellspring of wisdom. You are drawing out wisdom in the same manner as you draw water from a well.

You may be saying, “Doesn’t the Bible say that no man understands what he is saying when he speaks in tongues?” That’s exactly right, but let’s continue to search the scriptures. In 1 Corinthians 14:13-15, we read, 13Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue PRAY that he may interpret. 14For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15What is it then? I WILL pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also (emphasis added).

You will notice that he did not say to pray that you be an interpreter but pray that you may interpret what you have said in other tongues. Then he said, as an act of his will, I will pray with the understanding also. In other words, he is praying that his mind may become fruitful and be able to grasp the hidden things and secret truths which he had been praying in the spirit. As your mind becomes fruitful, you will draw out the wisdom of God and be able to apply it to the situation with which you are faced and can expect to receive the same that God receives.

I suggest that you begin to make the following a daily confession:

I thank You, Father, that You have made Jesus wisdom unto me. Therefore, I know that today, as I walk in fellowship with Your Word, Your wisdom will be mine in every situation.

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