Luke 2:40 "The child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him".

Who of us does not want to be wise? Most of us I would say, want to be wise in the way we live life. We need to understand there are two types of wisdom. We can be wise from God’s viewpoint or we can be wise from our world’s view point. Many believe that being wise comes by being highly advanced in intellectual ways. To a degree they are correct, but there is one major problem with that view, they are dismissing God when they do that. The consequences of them dismissing God, also results in them dismissing the Spirit of God from their lives. The result will be the gaining of worldly wisdom, not godly wisdom.

Many intellectuals see themselves as wise people. Many of them view people with a religious faith, as people who are unwise, as people in need of a crutch to cope with life. They fail to understand it’s possible to possess knowledge, but lack wisdom. Knowledge is gained by learning, wisdom is gained by applying knowledge to the way we live our lives.

Knowledge and wisdom are both very important parts of our personal development as Christians. Is one more important than the other? They are both important.

Solomon who was well educated, was questioned by God in a dream: - 1 Kings 3:5 "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." Solomon answered: - 1 Kings 3:9 “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”

If God were to ask us that question, what would we ask Him for?

Over the next six weeks and then later in the year, we will be considering some of the teachings of Proverbs. Please pray that we will all be granted an understanding of Godly wisdom and then apply it to the way in which we live our daily lives, individually and corporately as God’s church.