Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. (Psalm 119:98, NIV)
The Bible introduces wisdom as one of the most precious blessings. Proverbs 3 states that wisdom is more precious than pearls. It urges us to try to gain wisdom rather than having gold and silver, because long life is in the right hand of wisdom and riches and honor in its left hand. Thus, man with wisdom is always pleasant and peaceful. Ecclesiastes 7:19 also expresses that one wise man is more capable than ten powerful men because the man of power listens to the words of the wise. In reality, Solomon, known as the king of wisdom, was wiser than all the wise of all nations, so many powers, including the kings, came to Solomon to hear his wise words.
So, what is wisdom? The Oxford English Dictionary defines wisdom as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” The Bible expresses wisdom more valuable and inclusive than the dictionary definition. In 1 Chronicles 1, Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge to lead and rule over many people in a right way, and God responded to his prayers and gave him what he asked for. From this, it can be inferred that wisdom is the ability to lead many people in a right way with full knowledge and good judgment. Thus, smart is different from wise because wisdom guides many people in a fair and right way. Therefore, it has a beneficial influence not only on himself but many others.
David praised God, who gave him wisdom, in Psalm 119. In verse 97, he said, “Oh, my Lord, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” He added that he could be wiser than his enemies by meditating on the words of the Lord. In fact, David was a great soldier and king, with the record of many victories in war. He was able to set up winning strategies by seeing through enemies’ plans. But David had not received any good military training or lessons before. He was just a shepherd when he was young. How could one such as David defeat Goliath and win many wars? Because God gave him wisdom. David meditated on God’s words every day and cherished them and acted according to them. It made him wiser than his enemies. David realized it and confessed that he was wiser than his enemies by meditating on God’s Word.
“He was wiser than his enemies by meditating on the words of the Lord.”
Wisdom is more precious than any gem because it gives us right judgment and knowledge, helps us guide others in a right way, gives victory against our enemies, and provides us with wealth. Proverbs 4:7 encourages us to get wisdom by paying with all we have because it is supreme. If so, how can we get wisdom?
First, we must read the Bible and meditate on it. As David confessed, we can be wise when we meditate on the Scripture. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, says the Bible.
Second, we must ask God for it. Solomon prayed earnestly for wisdom, and the Lord listened to his prayer and responded to it. James 1:5 suggests we ask God, who gives us richly if we lack wisdom.
Finally, our heart of seeking wisdom must be humble. We cannot get it if we ask out of greed. Proverbs 14:6 says that the mocker seeks wisdom and finds none. Solomon sought wisdom from God to guide his people correctly, not for his own benefit. Then, the Lord gave not only wisdom but also wealth and glory, as He did to Solomon.
All Good Things are His Blessing.
The blessings the Lord gives us include salvation, eternal life, healing, wealth, prosperity, victory, and wisdom. In addition to these, the Bible mentions many other important and varied blessings God gives. Defining all the blessings and their benefits might be difficult.
However, what we can figure out is that the blessings coming from the Lord are all good and beneficial to us. In this sense, even the suffering that God grants for us for a moment is also a precious blessing eventually. In 1 Peter 3:17, the apostle Peter said that it is God’s will that we suffer for doing good. The suffering the Lord permits strengthens our hearts, removes impurities that should be removed from us, and makes us humble. It is similar to the process by which gold is smelted in a raging fire so that impurities disappear, and gold finally becomes pure. The more the Lord loves us, the more discipline and training He allows. In Psalm 34:19, David said that the righteous may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers us from them all. The troubles He gives us for a moment may seem sad at the time, but they are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us.
God, the ruler of all things, is the source of all blessings. All authorities are in the Lord; wealth also comes from Him, and all the powers making man great and strong are also in His hands. Therefore, we must firmly believe in God and love Him with all our heart, our will, and our sincerity. We need to meditate on His words and keep them. Then, we can live in peace and the blessings granted by the Lord. God will surely repay with the best things to those who wait for Him with patience.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5, NIV)