When you know Jesus as your wisdom, you will begin to see lasting and practical success over every challenge and crisis that comes your way. Join Joseph Prince in this three part series as he explains the importance of prioritizing the wisdom of God in your everyday life.
Ask God For Wisdom
My friend, we need to be like Solomon in his asking God for a heart of understanding and discernment. Despite the fact that he was king over Israel, he was humble enough to recognize that he was but “a little child” who didn’t know “how to go out or come in” when it came to ruling the kingdom and needed God’s wisdom. (1 Kings 3:7) The result? Solomon didn’t just become a wise king, but the wisest king history has ever witnessed. The Bible states that during Solomon’s reign, “all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.” (1 Kings 10:24)
Let me show you how God responds today when we ask Him for wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5) Note the words “liberally and without reproach”. That’s the style in which God gives you wisdom. He gives it to you freely and generously! He is not going to scold you for asking, or find reasons to withhold His wisdom from you. No, He is more than happy to give it to you. All you have to do is ask in faith. (James 1:6)
Knowing this truth has greatly encouraged me to always ask the Lord for wisdom. For example, when I’m on my way to meet and counsel somebody, I’ll say, “Lord Jesus, I need Your wisdom. Thank You for supplying me with Your wisdom in this situation.” You can do the same too. When the phone rings and you know it’s a difficult customer, say, “Lord Jesus, give me wisdom. Speak through me.” When you don’t know why your baby keeps crying, call upon the Lord for wisdom. Keep asking and keep receiving.
Ask For Discernment That Directs And Delivers
When King Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom, the Bible tells us he specifically asked for an “understanding heart” that was able to “discern between good and evil”. (1 Kings 3:9) The word “understanding” here is translated from the Hebrew word, shama, which means “to hear.” So an understanding heart is really a hearing heart, one that is sensitive to God’s voice, promptings and leadings. When you ask God for an understanding heart, you’ll be able to discern good from evil, truth from lie. You’ll be able to see things others don’t and judge the situation accurately because your heart is tuned to the omniscient God who knows all things.
You’ll know whether or not to hire the person you are interviewing, to choose someone as your business partner, or to develop a deeper relationship with someone. The person may ooze charm, seem like the perfect candidate and meet all your criteria. But unless you are operating by the Lord’s discernment, it’s easy to be fooled by what you see and hear (or even by “common sense”) and make the wrong decision.
The Lord’s discernment can also open your eyes to see the folly of certain things you’ve been doing. One teenage boy in our youth ministry, for example, testified how falling in love with Jesus and having His wisdom opened his eyes to the foolishness of being involved with a gang and being a trouble-maker in school. It made him leave the gang for good.
When God’s wisdom begins to flow, it’s like the scales suddenly fall off your eyes. You’re able to see and say things like, “Why am I in this destructive relationship? I need the Lord to show me how to get out of it and what is His best for me.” “Why am I smoking my life away? I have beautiful kids who want me around for a long time!” “Why am I so affected by what that person just said? I’m giving her power over me by being so affected.”
It’s never too late to ask Him for a hearing and discerning heart.
The Book of Proverbs says, “When wisdom enters your heart…discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil…” (Proverbs 2:10–12) When you have wisdom, you are able to see clearly through God’s eyes, get off the wrong paths and onto the right paths, and be delivered from evil, pain and loss.
Beloved, God is for you and not against you. He wants to protect you and give you the best experiences and future. Only He knows what lies ahead and what’s best for you. It’s never too late to ask Him for a hearing and discerning heart. It’ll save you a lot of money, tears and wasted years.
Jesus Is Your Wisdom Today
“Okay, Pastor Prince, I see the importance of seeking God’s wisdom. How do I begin to experience it every day?”
The apostle Paul tells us, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption”. (1 Corinthians 1:30) What this means is that because you are in Christ Jesus, He has become your wisdom. Note how “wisdom from God” is the very first thing that Jesus became for you. Again, see how God prioritizes wisdom, and thank God that you have Christ as your heavenly wisdom today. He is available to you as your wisdom 24/7.
When our Lord walked on earth, He walked in divine wisdom. He was wisdom personified. He always knew what to say and do in every situation. His wisdom shut the mouths of the crafty Pharisees who wanted to trap Him. He was never harried, confused or worried, but always cool, in control and right on time. He ministered to the sick and poor with miraculous results. Every word He spoke, every deed He performed, was perfect—always a sweet-smelling aroma to His Father.
Jesus, your wisdom, is always with you to guide and help you because He loves you.
This wisdom that Jesus manifested, this wisdom that He flowed in daily, is now yours for the taking because you are in Christ. Each morning when you wake up, say, “Jesus, thank You for being my wisdom today.” When you’re faced with any challenge, say, “Jesus, I take You as my wisdom.” Always involve Him in your decision making. That’s how you start to live life with Jesus as your wisdom working in and through you. It’s simply a matter of being conscious that Jesus, your wisdom, is always with you to guide and help you because He loves you. Just spend and enjoy time in His presence, and seek Him and His wisdom through His Word.
For example, I encourage you to read and meditate on the Book of Proverbs. It’s a book that’s chock-full of practical wisdom for everyday life. There’s wisdom for health and longevity, wisdom for avoiding sexual immorality and other pitfalls, wisdom for finances, relationships, marriage, parenting, work and lots more. You’ll learn priceless truths that will go a long way in helping you navigate safely and successfully through life. The more you get this book on the inside of you, the more the Spirit of Christ in you is able to bring to your remembrance a word of wisdom that He has imparted to you—a truth that will guide, preserve and deliver you.
Know Jesus As Your Wisdom
My friend, like the people whose testimonies I’ve shared, it doesn’t matter if you are not the smartest in the natural, or the most talented and experienced. Maybe you don’t even have a father to guide you through life. But that does not mean you are destined for a life of failure or mediocrity.
The truth is, you have a heavenly Father who loves you infinitely, believes in you and is for you every step of the way. And the greatest thing that He has done for you is to place you in Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3) I pray that you will prioritize knowing Him and taking Him as your wisdom every day—and step into a whole new level of His blessings and success.