Seeking Daily The Heart Of God – Wisdom • Devotional https://bible.com/reading-plans/13048/day/3?segment=0
By Boyd Bailey on YouVersion. Read by Andi and Brian Hale.
Wisdom From Humility
Wisdom is packaged with humility. It is an intricate part of humility. Humility contains an enormous amount of valued content. Indeed, wisdom is one of its highly revered resources. If you want wisdom, you will appropriate humility into your heart. Humility delivers wisdom as a chauffeur delivers his client. Wisdom travels with humility. In some ways, wisdom takes a back seat to humility. The humble understand their need for the wisdom of God. Gone is the pretense of a self-appointed guru who thinks he already knows everything. Humility is crystal clear in its need for Christ’s thoughts to intersect its intelligence. Humility is smart enough to confess what it does not know.
Too much of life is beyond the reach of human reason. There has to be more than man’s comprehension. We are not objective enough to figure out the best choice with our own limited understanding. We need the wisdom of God to wash our thinking and leave His righteous residue. Humility positions us to receive wisdom from God and others. It is a growth process. Even Jesus grew in wisdom (Luke 2:52).
Pride pushes you out of position to receive wisdom. It is like a first baseman in baseball lining up in left field. He is out of position once the ball is hit. No one is on first base to receive the ball. Without humility, you are out of position to receive wisdom. You may even desire wisdom, but without humility, you will be sorely lacking in heavenly instruction. God rarely imparts His wisdom to a proud person because He knows he cannot be trusted. Why entrust such valuable information to one who will squander it or spend it all on oneself? God knows the humble in heart will be a good steward of wisdom. Indeed, humility places in the heart a hunger for wisdom. It stirs up an appetite for wisdom’s morsels.
Once you adjust your spiritual diet to consume wisdom, you will never go back to the junk food of worldly wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:20-30). The world’s wisdom is positioned in pride. It is a power struggle over who can be the shrewdest and the quickest to outsmart their opponent. Everything is competition to the proud. He foolishly jockeys for position through his own power. The humble, on the other hand, are patient to wait on God. There is a depth of diligence and determination that accompanies wisdom born out of humble trust in God. Disgrace is the traveling partner of pride. Pride may get you what you want, but only with a wake of disgrace in your rearview mirror.
Better to be humble and follow the ways of wisdom. Wisdom allows you to rest well; wisdom gives grace; wisdom gets results with no regrets. So, humbly invite and welcome in the gracious wisdom of God.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 NIV
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Luke 2:52 NIV
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:20-30 NIV