“Wisdom and Discernment.”
Wisdom, according to Webster’s online Dictionary, is: “the exercise of sound judgement, either in avoiding evils, or attempting good.” We are warned against earthly wisdom, which opposes truth. “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish” (James 3:15 KJV). “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17 KJV ). Wisdom is the first thing we should pray for. Not worldly wisdom, but the wisdom to make sound judgments. This wisdom comes from God alone. King Solomon did not ask for riches, he asked God for wisdom. God answered, and gave Solomon wisdom. He also gave him discernment, which enabled him to obtain favor and riches. Therefore, Solomon could say, with confidence, that wisdom is the principle thing. God wants us to have wisdom (see James 1:5). He does not withhold wisdom from anyone who asks. The enemy deceived Eve with the promise of worldly wisdom. If Eve and Adam sought the voice of God, instead of listening to Satan’s false information, things would have ended differently. Instead of asking God, regarding what Satan said, they listened to the wrong voice, and took matters into their own hands. It is possible that the enemy had been speaking for a while. And possible that Eve was deceived into believing the thoughts were her own.
Could it be that the desire for “worldly wisdom” caused them to act foolishly? It seemed they wanted more than what God had already given them. Perhaps one of the factors that motivated them was ungratefulness. Romans 1:21 says, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened”. Unthankfulness always leads to sin. While scripture does not say the result of Adam and Eve’s sin was caused by unthankfulness, it was a quest to know more than what God had shown them at that time that caused them to sin. The enemy wanted to trap them into the same iniquity that caused him to fall. We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived in any way. Not by our emotions, or by the battles that come our way. God’s wisdom must be the principle (first) thing we seek each day.
Abigail was a woman with discernment, who acted wisely on behalf of her husband Nabal, who spoke rudely to David’s men when they requested provisions. David’s men had been keeping guard over Nabal’s shepherds and their flocks. David was angry, and about to take matters into his own hands. But Abigail brought provisions, and interceded on behalf of her husband and David, saying, “Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal (fool) is his name and foolishness (stupidity) is with him; but I your maidservant did not see my lord’s young men whom you sent” (I Samuel 25:25 AMP). Abigail’s intercession prevented David from taking matters into his own hands, and sinning against God. In the end, God dealt with Nabal. If we take our battles to God in prayer, He will fight for us, deal with our enemies, and give us the victory. Let’s pray daily during these perilous times that God will give us His wisdom and discernment.
Beth Marie Evans
Apostolic Author/Associate Minister
International Christian Fellowship
(Info from Prayer Connect Newsletter – World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci)