Key Verse : Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. -Colossians 4:5
What is Wisdom?
Generally wisdom can be defined as the application of knowledge, but it is important to distinguish the type of wisdom being referred to here. There are two types of wisdom: earthly wisdom which is earthly and the wisdom which is from above, God.
The book of James 3:13-17 describes these two types of wisdom, particularly verses 15 and 17.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Earthly wisdom in verse 15 in the above text describes earthly wisdom as sensual and devilish. I will add that earthly or worldly wisdom is selfish, self-centred and self- seeking.
The wisdom from above or godly wisdom according to verse 17 in the above text is pure, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and hypocrisy.
Therefore, our theme this month, ‘Walking in Wisdom’ is walking in divine or wisdom from above.
Bishop Oyedepo (2008) in his book, “Pillars of Destiny” asserts that wisdom is locating God’s way of doing things. Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:24 describe a wise man is one who hears, reads, studies his words and do them. Dr. John Bisagno in his book “Wisdom for Life” offers some advises on how to get wisdom.
He says, and I quote;
“If you want God to grant you wisdom, do the following:
Read the book of Proverbs. It promises wisdom to those who read and practice its teachings; Ask God to reveal perspectives you’ve never seen; Get good counsel; Slow down; Pray often; Live close to Him; Ask for wisdom; Act in faith”.
This month, I will encourage seeking this wisdom and acting on it.
“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”. James 1:5. I pray you will walk in wisdom all the days of your life in Jesus Name. Amen!