Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct” (Ecc. 10:10)
READ: Ecclesiastes 9:16-18
According to James 3:14-18, there is godly wisdom and ungodly wisdom. Ungodly wisdom is the wisdom of the serpent. Being cunning, the devil knows how to get what he wants. Out there, there are many serpents ready to deceive unsuspecting people. However, the wisdom from above is what God expects His children to operate. Some leaders who claim to be led of God, still operate under serpentine wisdom. Proverbs 4:7 says God’s wisdom is the principal thing. Ecclesiastes 7:12 calls it a means of defence. Great nations of the world are what they are today based on wisdom. Israel, though small in size, is a regional power. Ecclesiastes 9:16 says wisdom is better than strength while Ecclesiastes 9:18 says wisdom is far better than weapons of war. There are some battles that can only be won by wisdom, not by might. Also, deploying wisdom in a time of war or in an event, can lead to saving resources and time. Many battles are avoidable. If you employ wisdom, you will prevent so many avoidable battles. If you deploy wisdom in your speech, it will be difficult for you to say what can trigger strife. Many fires that are kindled by the tongue according to James 3:5-6, can be avoided if wisdom is employed. If there is one thing you should ask God, it is wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says wisdom is profitable to direct. If you cannot give your children anything, give them education. The One who controls wisdom is the Owner of wisdom. Daniel 2:20 says wisdom belongs to God. If you think you are wise, be extremely careful; because I Corinthians 1:19-20 says God can turn wisdom into foolishness. Ahithophel – the great counsellor was a victim of this. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says God can use foolish things to confound the wise. John 12:17 says God leads counsellors and turn judges into fools. If you are an earthly judge, you must fear the Almighty God because He can make you to take some very foolish decisions, or err in judgements to such an extent that it will be glaring to all that you are foolish. To maintain your wisdom, you have to constantly feed on God’s Word and submit to the counsel of the Greatest Counsellor. Ask for more of His wisdom in your life on a daily basis, and avoid everything the Bible classifies as foolishness.
Wisdom prevents its owner from several avoidable battles, while the presence of weapons of war propels the owner to create war in times of peace. Pray for the wisdom from above.
Bible in One year: Psa. 120-126