This is part three and the final part of our discussion on the topic, “understanding the overall profitability of wisdom”, I really hope you have read the first two parts?
It is recommended that you read the first and the second parts for a better understanding. Please, you can GO HERE to start reading part one. In part two, we looked at the man Solomon, who proved to us the profitability of wisdom or that wisdom is profitable to direct.
Also in his segment, we shall be looking at Daniel and the three Hebrew children, to prove to us the overall profitability of wisdom. It was recorded in Daniel 1:17 which says that “as for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Because God gave them wisdom and understanding, it was equally recorded in Daniel 1:20, and it says that, “and in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
From what happened to these four Hebrew children, it was wisdom that brought them before the king, meaning that once we are in possession of God’s wisdom and understanding, we will surely stand before kings of the earth.
In the book of Daniel 5, there was a great problem, handwriting on the wall to be precise which no man was able to interpret. This made the king be very greatly disturbed.
However, as recorded in Daniel 5:10-12, “The queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house.
The queen spoke and said, “O king, live forever; don’t let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your face be changed.
The queen further said to the king, “there is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him.
The king Nebuchadnezzar your father, yes, the king, your father, made him master of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
Continuing, the queen said this of Daniel, because an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpretation of dreams, showing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”
Also, it was said of Daniel in the book of Daniel 6:3, and it says, “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Having said that, I wish to say that this article will never be complete without looking at what Apostle James said about wisdom. According to James 1:5, it says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him”.
From the above verse, James is trying to let us know that the kind of wisdom we are talking about comes from God. James is therefore giving us the condition for receiving this divine wisdom from God. It says, “but let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind”.
For let, not that man suppose that such man will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Please, we really need to take note of the difference between earthly wisdom or intellectual or wisdom of men. That is, the kind of wisdom the apostle James was talking about in James 3:15 and James 3:17.
According to James 3:13, the Easy-to-Read Version of the bible said, that kind of “wisdom” does not come from God. That “wisdom” comes from the world. It is not spiritual. It is from the devil.
While James 3::17 equally said that the wisdom that comes from God is first pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Having said that, I wish also to point out that it is necessary to note that “the wisdom that is profitable to direct is the wisdom that comes from above that is from God”.
The question, therefore, is “whether we know God, and does God know us as His own?” If you claim to know God, does God in turn actually know you, and what is the level of your relationship with God?.
This question is paramount because there are many who claim that they know and belong to God, but their lifestyles deny such. That is to say, that they may manifest earthly wisdom, but not wisdom from above.
This earthly wisdom, as 1 Corinthians 3:19-20 declared it, “for the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” NKJV
I will summarize all that we said in part one of three of these articles by pointing out that the divine wisdom we are talking about comes from God and God alone. However, it is our responsibility and actions that may provoke this wisdom or provoke God to trust us to release such a level of wisdom on us.
For instance, in the case of Solomon, as seen in 1 Kings 3:3, it was said “and Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places. It was Solomon’s love for God that motivated the action of Solomon in offering a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. This can be seen in 1 Kings 3:4.
So, the question that is food for thought is, “can God, trust us, and can our actions prove that we really love. It is necessary that we ask and answer to ourselves that question. Shalom!