Wisdom and Knowledge – 4/14/20

John Arevalo

Proverbs 2:10 – “…for wisdom will come into your heart, and acknowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”

 

Oftentimes, we view wisdom and knowledge to describe the depth of one’s mind rather than the condition of one’s heart and soul. Proverbs 2 shows that an acquisition of wisdom and knowledge comes from our incessant desire to seek it and from God’s graciousness to bestow it, who “stores up sound wisdom for the upright (v.7). True wisdom and knowledge help us understand righteousness, justice, equity, and every good path (v.9). It guards us from the “way of evil” (v.11-15) and delivers us from impurity (v.16-19). We find life in wisdom and knowledge!

  

Yet, possessing wisdom and knowledge that stops short of sinking into our inner being only serves to puff ourselves up. Having a breath of knowledge of the things of God, without ever delighting in the works God, will never be enough to guard us from the way of evil and to deliver us from impurity. Like the devil, we can know everything in the Bible and yet detest God. One puritan said that delighting in God may be the work of our entire lives. Our aim in all our desire for wisdom and knowledge is to find satisfaction and fear in Him… to have Him in our hearts and to see Him as pleasant to our souls.

 

After being convicted of committing adultery with Bathsheba, David prayed, “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart” (Ps. 51:6). May God continue to pierce our hearts with His Word, as we find true wisdom and knowledge that overflows with joy and reverence of Him.  

Prayer Points

 

  1. Confess to God for all the times that your knowledge of Him only served to satisfy your intellect rather than edify your inner being. Ask God to give you wisdom and knowledge that is cultivated from the heart.
  2. Pray that our church will continue to gain knowledge of Him that will be pleasant to their souls, especially during this pandemic.
  3. Pray that wisdom and knowledge bestowed on Citylight will one day contribute in the earth being filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.