Jarrod Jacobs: The Wisdom in God's Words
Familiarity and knowledge of God’s word are lacking in our society. Therefore, man must obtain the wisdom of God found in His word. How can this be done? Please read the verses below and note how God’s word is connected to wisdom and understanding.
•“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).
•“I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” (Psalm 119:16).
•“Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart” (Psalm 119:34).
•“Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed” (Psalm 119:80).
•“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients because I keep thy precepts.” (Psalm 119:97-100).
•“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130).
Based upon these passages above, we know God’s wisdom is accessible to man through the written word. What are some applications we can make to the wisdom found in God’s word?
One application is that we need to remember God’s word. David stated this plainly (Ps. 119:11, 16). The first psalm shows that the righteous will gladly meditate on God’s law (Ps. 1:2). Remembering God’s wisdom is not simply a mental exercise. Remembering God’s word keeps us from sin. Jesus showed us this when Satan tempted him. He used Scripture to overcome (Matt. 4:1-11; I Pet. 2:21-22).
Secondly, God’s word keeps us from shame! David said that when his heart was “sound” in God’s statutes, he would not be put to shame (Ps. 119:80). Sadly, we find people today who are put to shame because they go through life without the wisdom found in God’s word! When our hearts are “sound” (healthy, sincere, undefiled) with God’s wisdom, there is no occasion for shame! We see a New Testament counterpart to Psalm 119:80 in II Timothy 2:15. The workman “needeth not to be ashamed” when he handles the word of truth accurately! Many things can put men to shame, but knowing God’s word will not do it!
It is not enough to simply “know” God’s word. It is necessary to obey what we learn (Ps. 119:34; Rom. 10:16; Heb. 5:9; Rev. 22:14; etc.). We need to “keep” and “observe” what we learn! Jesus taught this when He discussed the wise man that not only heard the word but obeyed it (Matt. 7:21-27). What a tragedy it is to see people who know what to do to please God but refuse to obey! Let us determine to meditate, study, and obey what we learn in God’s word.
Regardless of the wisdom the world may proclaim, the wisdom found in God’s word makes us wiser than the world (Ps. 119:97-100). This should not be surprising, seeing that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than man’s (Isa. 55:8-9). God looks upon the world’s wisdom as foolishness that passes away (I Cor. 1:18-21; II Jn. 2:17). Let us heed God’s word and thank Him for access to wisdom that will lead us from earth to Heaven!
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