Daily Devotional: Psalms 111:6-10
He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever — holy and awesome is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
James 3:13, 17-18
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom…. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
God gave Solomon wisdom above any of his peers. In his wisdom he remembered that his daddy had taught him that true wisdom begins with a wholesome fear or respect of the Lord. The opposite of displaying wisdom is to be a fool. The same God who supplied the wisdom of Solomon has told us that he will give us all the wisdom we need if we will ask for it. He is the source of wisdom then and now.
Paul says that the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom. The message of salvation through the cross of Jesus is the revelation of God’s wisdom to mankind but it is viewed as foolishness by most of the world. It is also described as the power of God to save people from their sins. The world tells us to “follow the science”, which is another way of saying for us to listen to those who are considered as the wise of our age. But their wisdom will not lead us to God.
When we accept the wisdom of Jesus Christ, he becomes for us our righteousness, holiness and redemption. This wisdom lived out in our lives provides us with moral purity, a love for being at peace, a heart that is considerate, and a life of humility. This leads us to be merciful and helpful to others, being impartial, devoid of prejudice. This wisdom allows us to disagree without being disagreeable.
O Lord God, Father of light and life, give me wisdom to be all you want me to become each day. Give me strength to carry out your will. Fill my heart with greater love for you and for others. Increase my faith in you as the only God and in your word as absolute truth. Help me to be a peacemaker. Give your people the wisdom to stand for what is right (as you define it), over political views, over church and family traditions, over financial gain, and over our own personal desires. Thank you for your love for me. I pray in Jesus’ name.