March 26, 2018 by Kgalalelo
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” Proverbs 2:6
I stumbled across a document that my peers didn’t have and realised that it is true when people say that knowledge is power. I had this massive data that I could peruse at anytime and I could ask questions based on what I knew and respond based on the information that I had. It is not cleverness as such, as people might think, but that I was in possession of something that others didn’t have, if they had the opportunity I had also, we might have been on equal footing and argue or communicate on the same level. This is how the system of the world works. If you possess information that others don’t have, it gives you an advantage over them.
You need information to make a meaningful contribution to a discussion, argue a case or defend yourself or others. This is how people in this world are elevated; it’s about what they know and how well they know it and what that information can be used for. In every arena of life, the information can either be used for good or to harm others. The secret ingredient in all of this is wisdom.
Wisdom has to do with good judgement and discernment; being able to differentiate between right and wrong as well as good and evil. The Philosopher, Socrates, once said “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Having documentation in your possession that others don’t have doesn’t make you wise at all as your interpretation of the information might be skew. Your perception might be completely wrong and you might even miss the mark of what the author was attempting to communicate; therefore, in everything, seek wisdom. The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).
When one digs into the Bible, Eve gave Adam fruit to eat because she had data in her hands, she was in a way, holding a document in her hand that she had perused but her information lacked wisdom which is an aspect of God. God in His wisdom had instructed both of them saying ‘don’t eat’. Genesis 2:17 reads “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." Knowledge without understanding and wisdom leads to death. Adam and Eve, therefore, died in the spirit and were very far away from God, they were chased out of the garden. While in the garden, life was easy, they had whatever they wanted as they were covered by the glory of God. They were walking in wisdom, knew exactly how to tend the Garden of Eden and rule over all the beasts of the earth effortlessly.
They didn’t think hard as they walked with the Lord and therefore, wisdom was with them, it sprang out of them naturally and there was no way they could err. When you follow the instruction of God and are guided by wisdom, there’s no way you can make a mistake. Wisdom because it comes from the Lord is accurate all the time. It serves not only your interests but the interests of all. Adam and Eve’s wisdom in the garden served the interests of humanity. There were no factions, no governments, no political parties but one spirit and that is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Oneness and only One Kingdom. As soon as they violated the command of God, divisions became, and strife came into existence and where there is strife, it’s survival of the fittest, everyone for himself and God for us all becomes the principle and the order to the day.
I had substantial information to use whichever way I wanted to, for good or bad. I could use it to show others how intelligent I was, which was not the case in anyway. I could boast and contribute more while others struggled; I could keep it to myself and not share with others and hoard for my own benefit but wisdom would handle this another way. Wisdom would use the knowledge to build and edify others, my circumstances and theirs and definitely not even think about harming others in anyway or showing pride. Wisdom, would think ‘how may I serve with the knowledge I have? How do I improve the condition of others with what I have in my hands? How do I turn things around for the benefit of all without taking the glory but giving the glory where it is due?
When we are given something, knowledge or documentation of some sort, it’s not that we are better than the others, it could be because, we are trusted enough to use the information wisely and not manipulate but build a society that everyone can live in. It is not everyone who is given certain things or even a certain type of knowledge and it doesn’t mean also that those who have, are more special than the rest but because they have been given certain qualities by God to be able to decode and help others, businesses, organisations, educational institutions and the like.
In 2 Chronicles 1, we learn about King Solomon who asked God for wisdom and knowledge to rule over the people of Israel and because he had not asked for wealth or prestige, God honoured him with what he had requested and gave him riches as well. It had never occurred that the kings that came before Solomon asked for this noble quality. Solomon was therefore respected amongst his peers, his people and amongst the nations. He was sought after because his level of decision making and ruling was great. He went on to write the proverbs with so much wisdom that he had obtained from the Lord. The Lord rewarded him greatly.
It is clear that Solomon recognised God above himself. He knew that he couldn’t do anything apart from God. He knew clearly that even though he was anointed to be king, he wouldn’t manage without the wisdom from the Lord. Israel was a great nation. The angel of the Lord had said to Abraham, "I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count."(Genesis 16:10). God being God, stood on His Word. The Bible says that He watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). So, He performed what He had promised Abraham by increasing the nation of Israel. Solomon, therefore, needed wisdom from the Lord to be able to judge well for the benefit of the people and not for his own glory and God honoured him. He didn’t go around boasting on his knowledge but he boasted on the wisdom of the Lord and he became a popular king that people respected and sought after.
One of his most famous judgements is found in 1Kings 3:16-28 and its worth quoting as it is to illustrate God’s wisdom: “Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house.
This woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on it. So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom. When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne.” Then the other woman said, “No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” But the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.
Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’” The king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. The king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.” Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son and said, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!” Then the king said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.” When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice (1Kings 3:16-28)”.
As stern as wisdom is, it runs together with compassion as well, if your interests are unto service, you have compassion for others and don’t seek to manipulate them. You realise that with what has been given to you, it is for the benefit of the whole and as you demonstrate godliness in your business undertakings as well, God gives you more. He enlarges your territory and gives you prosperity because you are not seeking control over others but in your judgement, you remain humble and respect others. You recognise that God has given you values because of His divine purpose in your life. He uses you to save and not to destroy others.
In the business world, people who seem to have wisdom in their trade are well respected. They are seen as the ‘saviours’ of their organisations and people put their trust in them. They are viewed as people who would bring about change that benefit their organisations and its people. I once watched a movie where one of the executives said to another, ‘I am paid to think’. Often, those who are paid to think and come up with brilliant ideas are those in high positions. They birth corporate plans that are geared at sustaining businesses and making profit. When their plans bear fruit they are rewarded for their ‘thinking’. The most sustainable business, however, are those which are based on the principles of God and managed by the wisdom of God. The visionaries in organisations therefore, though having educational knowledge, need wisdom to be able to implement their plans, make revenue and at the same time, keep the employees happy.
In most organisations, if the business plan bears fruit and the organisation makes profit, at times, the employees are unhappy. There is an imbalance in the ecosystem of the organisation but an organisation which is run according to the ethos of heaven is bound to be a success and sustains itself because it is held by God. Chaos is therefore, an unheard word as there is a perfect flow. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray He said “let your Kingdom come, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:12). We should pray that the replica of the kingdom of heaven, be manifested on earth, in our businesses and companies because the kingdom of God is run with precision because of the wisdom that runs through every element and every aspect of the kingdom.
Jesus gave us the answer and the Bible from the beginning to the end teaches us the benefits of walking with the Lord because in Him there is everything that we need. The knowledge He gives, is always coupled with understanding and wisdom. What comes from Him can never lead us astray but will keep us in the right path all the time. We can all learn from Solomon and conduct our affairs with wisdom from God; how to run our households, raise our children, make it in our workplaces, in government, in schools, hospitals and societies at large.
“God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him” (Ecclesiastes 2:26). What would be the point of gathering wealth and not enjoying it? It is wealth obtained without any wisdom. Let us thank the Lord that He gives freely to all who ask Him as James has taught us. As we possess wisdom, let us realise that we possess wealth that no one can take away from us.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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