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Many Problems, More Wisdom
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Dana (anon) · 10 years, 1 month ago

Wisdom: The Solution to Problem Situations

Chaos? Everyone who lacks wisdom is told to ask for it (James 1:5), but some have special ability to resolve dilemmas.
When Solomon was faced with the dilemma of choosing which of two women was the rightful mother of one surviving baby, he certainly required the divine wisdom with which God had just endowed him (I Kings 3:16-28).
The first recorded church dispute could have been explosive, as Grecian widows claimed neglect in the daily dispensing of food. The church appointed seven men “full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:3) to settle the matter. As a prisoner at Caesarea and a veteran of being in court, Paul faced the difficult decision of whether to return to Jerusalem for trial or appeal to Caesar, which meant going to hostile Rome. Paul needed the Gift of Wisdom, because if he returned to Jerusalem he would risk losing his life in ambush by the men determined to kill him. If he chose Rome, he might be executed. Yet he would achieve his ambition, also God’s plan, of preaching in the capital. Paul chose the second alternative. He received an expense-free trip to Rome, wrote four epistles while there, and lead countless people to Christ, including soldiers from Caesar’s household. (Acts 25:9-11).
Saints were forbidden to go to law against fellow saints. For a believer to adjudicate fairly, he would need special wisdom. Paul wrote, “Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?” (I Corinthians 6:5)
You’re in a church business meeting or a board or committee session. The group has reached an impasse on the matter under discussion. The members seem hopelessly divided. Then someone stands to his feet, quotes scriptural principle, and applies it to the situation. Suddenly, the answer comes. Everyone agrees. A word of wisdom may shorten debate by casting light on a problem and providing objectivity. The decision then reached becomes virtually unanimous because it is based on common insight.
Hopefully, we realize the gift of wisdom does not create confusion, envy, or strife, but it brings gentleness, mercy, and peace (James 3:15-18).

Site Administrator · 10 years, 1 month ago
Both knowledge and wisdom may not necessarily operate in the same person. You can always teach an old dog new tricks, but what does he do with the tricks after he learns them? If he doesn't have knowledge AND wisdom, he could do some real damage.

A person may be able to understand the truth from the Word, but they may still lack the ability or the committment to apply it to their life. Wisdom involves putting knowledge to work in everyday life.

Paul had knowledge and wisdom. The first half of Ephesians shows us about the high calling of the church and the second shows us how to apply the teachings in the first half to various situations in our lives like marriage, employment, speech, industry, and emotional stability... We could outline Ephesians: Knowledge (1-3) and Wisdom (4-6). We can easily read those passages for help and find it.

But, as I was saying, knowledge without wisdom can be really destructive. Leslie Flynn said a bushman in Australia was taught how to write one week. The next week he forged a check. He had knowledge, but apparently he didn't have wisdom just like many Christians today who have a zeal and do things supposedly for the cause of Christ, but they lack the wisdom necessary for making it effective, not to mention the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And yes, they mess some stuff up...not only for themselves but for others as well. The Bible gives us the principles and the Holy Spirit guides us in performing them.

The gift of the utterance of wisdom is given to a limited number assigned by God; the rest of us need to pray that God will give us the "Spirit of Wisdom" (Ephesians 1:17). So, if we're trying to solve problems- knowledge, wisdom, and prayer should all be on the key ring.
David (anon) · 10 years, 1 month ago
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding . . . Proverbs 9:10
David (anon) · 10 years, 1 month ago
Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding. Proverbs 3:13

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