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Job 28:12 ” But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? “

To answer the “where” in both questions above…it’s God who is the source of all wisdom and ability.  And He is more than eager to impart His wisdom and understanding to us when we ask.  For it tells us in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks  wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him.”  Maybe, like me, you’ve at one time been in a training session of difficult material, so you ask a question of clarification only to be rebuked by the leader…makes you not want to ask anymore questions, right?  But God’s not that way…He wants us to ask for discernment and insight when we’re struggling.  And it says that He will not only give it freely but won’t make fun of us for asking.

Proverbs 1:23 ” If you had responded to My rebuke, I would have poured out My heart to you and made My thoughts known to you.”

The Amplified Bible pens the above Scripture this way, ” If you will turn (repent) and give heed to My reproof, behold, I (Wisdom) will pour out My Spirit upon you.  I will make My words known to you.”  This admonishment then is two-pronged.  First, we must stop and agree with God we’re going down the wrong path.  Now our stubborn carnal nature will usually reject this idea at first…that’s because nobody likes to be told they’re wrong!  But it’s the second part of this Scripture that’s even more important.  For if we do turn back to God, He promises not only a renewed relationship with Him, but an outpouring of His Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding…that we may know Him more intimately.

Proverbs 16:16 ” How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! “

In this commercialized world where we are constantly bombarded by advertising telling us to “Buy! Buy! Buy!” … this verse stands  in stark contrast.  In fact, elsewhere in Proverbs, the author is even more emphatic when he writes , “Wisdom and understanding are more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” (Proverbs 3:13-14)  So what he’s saying is that our choices have eternal consequences…that by choosing wisdom and understanding, they will yield better and lasting benefits…that material possessions are not what make us who we are…and by choosing wisdom and understanding over riches – the result will be a life marked by purpose, and peace…not things.

I Kings 3:12 ” I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

Solomon asked God for a discerning heart and the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong and God was pleased. (I Kings 3:9-10)  For Solomon wasn’t asking for the superficial or trivial,  or things that had no eternal significance…he was asking for wisdom.   I once worked with a Doctor who started calling me Prudence.  When I asked why, he stated it was how I conducted myself dealing with patients and that he appreciated my common sense and prudent approach.  When you ask God for wisdom,  understanding, discretion, and His Will in your life… He happily will oblige. (James 1:5)

Isaiah 40:13 ” Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed Him as His counselor?”

There’s been many times when I think I know more than the Lord.  I’ve foolishly and smugly concluded that God didn’t have all the facts…or that He just didn’t realize the gravity of the situation.  But who am I to advise or give guidance to the Lord?  I can no where grasp or begin to comprehend the mind of God as a gold-fish can care for itself in its bowl.  It is totally beyond my capabilities to understand God and His works. So again I must humbly confess, “You are God and I am not!”