What do you tell people when they ask why you didn't do something? Do you tell them you are seeking God on it? Do you reply that God hasn't told you to do something? What about when they push you to 'lean on your own understanding'? What then?
We've all heard the sayings:
- God gave us five senses
- God gave us wisdom
- God gave me a brain
Did I miss any?
What's your reply to that? Are you strong enough in the Word to back up whatever stance you are taking? If you've asked these questions, are your reasoning scriptural based? Can you back it up?
I will not seek to argue the latter position. Hence, this post is very biased. There. I've put that out there. So if you want scriptural reference that backup using your five senses to accomplish what you are set out to do in this world, well, this ain't the one, baby.
I don't normally type long scriptures, and I hope you always read the relevant scriptures around what is shared. Today, this one will be long because a strong point is attempting to be made.
After David's time ended, his son, Solomon, ruled. If you recall from Sunday School, he was the wisest king who ever ruled. (It was also prophesied that God's presence would not be in David's temple, but the temple of his (S)son...but that's another wonderful story to explore another time.). How'd he become so wise? Let's read about it.
In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. 1 Kings 3:5-14 KJV
(See also 2 Chronicles 1)
As king, Solomon wanted to make sure he ruled God's people properly. (Wished our 'kings' of today felt the same way.) Via a dream, God offered Solomon to have anything he requested from Him. ANYTHING! What do you think you'd asked for? Unselfishly, Solomon requested understanding and discernment of good and bad, so that he may rule justly over the people.
Because his motives were so pure, God not only gave him things he did not ask for, but also wisdom and understanding as requested. The only thing Solomon had to do in return was to be obedient and keep God's commands. That's it.
So back to this question of wisdom. In this case, God definitely gave him wisdom, but with a stipulation: be obedient and keep His laws. So in our case, why would it be so different? Why do we think we get God's wisdom all willy nilly with nothing attached to it.
Because we don't!!!
Oh, but you never said it's 'God's wisdom'. And that's where the issue lies.
In James, it states that we should ask for wisdom and He will give it to us abundantly (James 1:5), and yet when you've asked and received it, you fail to use it and instead, rely on your own wisdom, cause 'God gave you five sense'. And yet the words say NOT to lean on your own understanding. Rather trust God (Proverbs 3:5).
So yes, we asked for wisdom and we've received it, but when it's time to use it, who is our trust in?
Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:5-8 KJV
But God gave us wisdom and we don't use it. We run into a problem and rather than seeking him, we use our own brain to figure it out. And why??? Aren't we supposed to have a mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5)? So why think? Why not just use God's wisdom? Christ's mind?
God did more than give us a brain to think with. Way more than provide five physical senses (the spiritual ones are so much better). Provided more than wits and our own wisdom. He gave us choice, and if we choose not to seek Him to light our path, that's our choice. But believers need to stop using the old sorry of an excuse of 'God gave us wisdom' to do what they wanna do, rather than be obedient to what He is guiding you to do.
Godly wisdom never fails. It's never wrong. It will never lead you astray. Unfortunately, the path it not fully lit, but He promised to light our path and order our steps. Each step will provide the next step. Just keep walking. I, too, have failed in this aspect. I want the full picture before I take a step. But I repent this day and seek forgiveness from Daddy in Jesus name for my disobedience. I also ask that Holy Spirit continues to lead and guide me as I faithfully take each step, applying my God granted access to His wisdom and understanding.
Keiyia JOYet George