Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wisdom, Understanding, and Revelation Knowledge - Part II

Now when God grants you wisdom, there are some amazing things that come with it.  First, from his word comes knowledge and understanding.  Next, he reserves his sound wisdom for those who walk in integrity.  He grants good sense, while showing how to tell right from wrong.  But the most amazing of all is when wisdom enters into your heart and knowledge brings feelings of pleasure to your soul, good judgment will preserve you and understanding will keep you, while delivering you from the way of the evil man who speaks fraudulent perverse things.

Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different, or has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth (Ephesians 4:14 KJV).

Wow!  Once the wisdom and truth enters in, then good judgment will preserve you and understanding will keep you.  And you will have the sense to stay away from evil men who speaks fraudulent perverse things.  But there has to be a reason why God’s wisdom is so readily available.  Well, one reason is that once wisdom and truth enter in, then you will no longer be like a child who changes his or her mind about what to believe everything someone comes along with something that sound as if it may have come from God.  You will not have to wonder anymore because wisdom and truth will be inside your heart; they will be a part of your being.

You see all things are important when it comes to the things of God, no matter how trivial they may appear to be.  There is so much information to tell, so much information to share, and still so much more information to find.  So much so that unless you get all the information at one time, a lot of it gets lost in the interim.  The Bible is a mystery book with many secrets, hidden in plain sight just waiting to be found.  The Bible appears hold a double meaning when read, one by which you can find truth and understanding about the things of God and one that just seems to leave you confused about and unable to grasp the meaning of the things of God.  Are you one who has a clear understanding or one who is just downright confused?

Guess what?  This is why God has told us to seek wisdom and know-how.  This is why we need to get understanding, get the ability to use good sense in our thinking, in our judgment, and in our actions, and get the ability to perceive and to explain the meaning or nature of things.  Because once we have these things, then revelation knowledge will come and we will no longer be confused.

There are answers for everyone in the Bible but many of us take the things that we read at face value, which means that when we do read the Bible with our limited knowledge of the workings of God, we believe that the way things appear to be is the way things really are, without ever thinking about what else they could mean.  And even in that, we will accept only those things, which fit into their belief system.  We have not taken the time to truly seek God, to truly find out what he is trying to tell us, or to truly find the meaning of the scriptures that they read.  God tells us to study to show thyself approved unto God so that we can rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15), but most of us do not adhere to this command to study.

God tells us to study to show ourselves approved unto him, so that we can rightly divide the word of truth.  So what do you think this word of truth is?  Could it be the Bible?  Could God be telling us to study the Bible so that we can rightly divide it?  And if the Bible is the word of truth, then how does one rightly divide something that is supposed to be truth?

The word of truth is given to tell us what to believe (for doctrine), what is wrong (for reproof), how to correct wrong (for correction), how to live (for instruction in righteousness).  We are to rely on the word of truth because it includes everything needed to grow in maturity, to be perfect (meaning proficient or capable), and to do what God wants (II Timothy 3:16-17).  The idea that we are to attend to his words holds little meaning for some because they believe that just carrying a Bible with them fits the commandment.  How so very wrong they are.  When we attend to his words, we learn that they are life unto those that find them (Proverbs 4:20-22), which means that God’s words are full, abundant life unto those that hunt for, look for, or seek those words.

God wants us to attend to his words, which means that we need to listen carefully to his words and we need to pay close attention to what is being said.  The last time I remember having to listen carefully and pay close attention to something this intently was when I was in college.  And when I was in there, I studied.  When was the last time you intently studied the word of truth?  Is it time to start?

This means that there must be more to knowing God then just opening the Bible, reading a few verses or so, and coming out believing that you are knowledgeable about the things of God.  Matter of fact, God tells us to immerse ourselves in his word.  He tells us that we must hunt for, look for, and seek the answers that he has provided us through his instruction manual.  But in order for us to do this, we have to open our mind, we have to open our heart, and we have to seek the wisdom of God so that we may see the truth.  This truth that I am talking about is the truth that God has been trying to reveal to us for many years.  This might mean that you will have to pick that Bible up, open it, and do a little more than just read it.  You may have to dissect it.  You have to pick it apart.  You have to analyze it.  You have to examine it.  You have to study it.  You have to rightly divide it.

If you remember, God told us to study so that we can right divide the word of truth.  I would imagine that if we truly immerse ourselves in his word, while we hunted for, looked for, and sought the answers that he has provided us through his instruction manual, that we would eventually be knowledgeable about the things of God.  So, until we do, I guess we will just be . . .

The biggest problem is that so many of us are completely satisfied, feeling totally secure in the knowledge that as long as we believe in Jesus, then we are saved.  We attend church services because we were brought up to believe that this is something that we must do to be an obedient Christian.  And since we believe that we are saved, there is nothing else that we feel we need to know or do.  We truly believe there is nothing else that really matters.  And while this line of reasoning may bring comfort to the masses, it would be catastrophic if it were not true.  Here is what I mean.  What happens when you get to the end of your journey, as you are taking your last and it is revealed to you then that you did not do all that you should have done to go to where you believed you were suppose to go?

Here is a thought to ponder.  Time is going to pass independent of your actions.  So why not put this passing time to good use.  What would be the result of using this time to find all that God has for you to find?  If you get to the end and discover that all you have done was for not, then what have you truly lost?  On the other hand, if you get to the end and discover that all you have done was what you needed to do, then look at what you have gained.
Personally, my intent is to find all that God has for me to find.  When I get to the end, I want to know that I have done all that I possibly could to find the things that God has hidden in his word for me to find.  And if I get there and find that it was all a lie, then I have lost absolutely nothing.  But if I find it all was true, then look at what I have gained.

Are you willing to take that gamble?  Why not use the passing time for something more than passing the time.  The end result may be worth the effort.  Glory be to God.

Enjoy your blessings, for they do be many - KW

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