There are three types of wisdom explained in the bible.
Let’s start with what we know as fallen creatures.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
Satan tricked us. In our prideful desire to be like God, we have fallen to pieces.
The knowledge of good and evil has caused us to make our own way in the world. Without the guiding hand of the Lord upon us, everyone searches for his own way to things. One king disagrees with another’s view of right and wrong… war breaks out. Many are caught in the middle of the “debate”, and they perish.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
James calls it in 3:15
This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
What I call common wisdom leads to an understanding of how to obtain common grace. Common grace is simply the blessings that God gives to the just and the unjust.
45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Those who own successful businesses are rich with this type of wisdom.
But be warned, pursuing after common wisdom has its drawbacks.
Solomon is famous for being known as the wisest man who ever lived. The book of Proverbs is full of some of the richest sayings that if put into action, might reward you richly with common grace.
Listen to what Solomon says near the end of his life.
16 I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.
18 For in much wisdom is much vexation,
and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
So, what is the wisdom of the Lord?
The Wisdom of the Lord
One of the names for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom. Read this text in Isaiah prophesying the coming of Jesus Christ our Messiah and Savior.
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
This prophecy was fulfilled in the book of John chapter 1:
32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
Once Jesus was gifted with the Holy Spirit, He began His ministry. Jesus used the gifts of the Spirit throughout, this included wisdom.
The wisdom of the Spirit is considered folly to those of the world. It even appears contradictory at time.
Jesus constantly calls to us. He moves our hearts away from worldly things. It just doens’t make any sense.
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Deny myself? How can I deny who I am? I see myself everyday. It is impossible to not be myself. Descartes once came to this revelation of things, probably the most profound statement of worldly wisdom to date: “I am able to think, therefore I exist.” This makes much more sense.
Descartes, the man many atheists call their own, died a Christian and a Catholic. He was searching for natural means of explaining a God beyond our senses. This conclusion felt so sure to him, how sad would he be to know what worldly wisdom has done with it!
Jesus continues in Matthew 16
25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?
This is the wisdom worldly philosophers need to grasp. They search for such meaning in themselves. God is asking us to lose ourselves. Solomon found out too late what it is like to have so many riches, and in the end… it was meaningless. It was chasing after the wind as he called it.
Where Do you Find Godly Wisdom?
Memorize and read the bible. Go to church. Pray. Seek. Ask. Knock.
How do you know if you have it?
If you are losing your own glory for the sake of His… then you are on the right path.
If you are comfortable in this world, be careful and be forewarned. The wisdom of man is knocking deep within your heart.
6 I have paid attention and listened,
but they have not spoken rightly;
no man relents of his evil,
saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turns to his own course,
like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
7 Even the stork in the heavens
knows her times,
and the turtledove, swallow, and crane
keep the time of their coming,
but my people know not
the rules of the Lord.
8 “How can you say, ‘We are wise,
and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
has made it into a lie.
9 The wise men shall be put to shame;
they shall be dismayed and taken;
behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord,
so what wisdom is in them?