The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 13 January 2022 – Wisdom Of God
TOPIC: Wisdom Of God
READ: 1 Corinthians 2 (KJV)
2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
There is a wide gap of difference between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of man.
The wisdom of man oftentimes is embedded in big or lofty words and great learning. According to Paul, “my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power, that might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (verses 4-5).
God’s work must be done in God’s own way, to achieve God’s own desired result. Every child of God must seek God’s wisdom in every area of his or her life. Servants of God must refrain from the temptation of preaching to please men, rather our preaching should be to present Christ to the world; and this is the wisdom of God.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 1: 22 – 23, says “For the Jews demand signs and Greek seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” The wisdom of God may sound too simple, uncivilized, and not in line with the current trends, yet the power is made manifest through it. Some ministers in search of flamboyant and sophisticated ministry, have ended up departing from the way of the truth.
The wisdom of God is the way of the truth and it is also the power of God. Every believer should live by this wisdom.
PRAYER: Deliver me, O Lord, from the operations of the wisdom of men and lead me by Your own wisdom in Jesus’ name. Amen.