Human Wisdom - Godly Wisdom

How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’?
Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.”
Jeremiah 8:8

As I have been keeping up on my local current events due to my campaign, I have been reading our city's paper and especially keeping up with the editorials. I have to tell you, never have I heard so many truths mixed with so many lies in my life. Reading all the things people can say when thinking they are wise in making the remarks they have made can make a person's head spin and wonder which way is up.

Just the other day there was a letter to the editor in which a woman, who had recently visited the Lincoln Museum and read one of Lincoln's books, made some outlandish claims about what Lincoln would support in our current political atmosphere (gay marriage and a school levy increase spending in an irresponsible district). OK, now that you are done laughing or maybe crying I want to connect this wayward editorial with the passage above.

Too many people approach the discovery of wisdom as something which they can reason out in their own minds. To these people, truth boils down to what they can deduce with what they have been given from incomplete human data and reasoning.In their irrational line of thinking, they somehow reason that penning their thoughts makes them into truth. In contrast, the wisdom of God is already proven as right and true and has been that way in since the beginning of time penned in the bible for us to study and learn.  And what is even more amazing is that all God still promises will be true until the end of time, which by the way will also be proven perfectly correct, is there too. God alone possesses perfect data and reasoning and He has allowed those truths to be contained in His word and given out by the gift of His Holy Spirit.

Considering all that God knows and is wise about then, it is even more amazing that He is willing to supply His wisdom to anyone who will trust in what He says over attempting to deduce any bit of wisdom on their own.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13

There are times when we are called out to confront human wisdom that parades itself as truth. Other times we are to walk away from these lies and not allow ourselves to get entangled in what may come if we were to try confronting them on our own terms. But when the lies and human wisdom pile up around us to the point that it seems like truth and godly wisdom will be completely lost in this world, I think we all find ourselves feeling a lot like Jehoshaphat when he mouthed the following verse:

O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do...”

I know I feel this way more often than I used to now that I have been asked to enter the battle against human wisdom. But it would be unwise for me to think that the battle is over and too consuming to fight just because I do not see God's judgment coming upon those who live by the lies they create in their own minds. Instead I must finish the sentence of Jehoshaphat and say,

...but [my] eyes are upon You.”2 Chronicles 20:12


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