In the book of Proverbs, we read that ‘Wisdom cries out’ (Proverbs 8:1-6). The wisdom of God is being revealed to us on a daily basis. The question is, do we recognise it? In this post I want to uncover a number of ways which God uses to reveal His wisdom.
This morning I sat with some friends at the beach. We meet together all year round, in all weathers, and our conversations explore a myriad of topics. Today, we ended up talking about trees. I was told that sycamore trees aren’t native to the UK, but were imported from Europe in the 17th Century. As we discussed how these trees have become a common part of our landscape we particularly marveled at the flight of the sycamore seed. It then dawned on me how often God conceals His wisdom right in the open (Proverbs 25:2).
In the sycamore seed we have a model that does not need to be engineered very far to become the model for the aircraft propeller. Now I don’t know if the Sycamore seed had an influence in the original design of the propeller, but for millennia God had the wisdom for a form of propulsion underneath our very noses. Long before propelled flight was ever a possibility the potential was being demonstrated by creation every Autumn.
So how is the wisdom of God revealed?
God doesn’t speak to us in only one way. He uses a number of ways to reveal His wisdom to those who ask. It’s very easy to limit ourselves to hearing God in only one way and miss His revelation when it’s right in front of us. Here are five ways God reveals His wisdom to us.
1. God speaks through direct inspiration to us.
Often we hear God reveal His wisdom to us directly. It may be through inspired thought or imagination. It may be a clear sense of God speaking. Or through a dream or vision.
I heard a story the other day about an IT engineer who had heard about a neurological condition where they had yet to find the cause. He had a god-thought that this condition was associated with digestion. He was not a medical man but he partnered with medical researchers to examine his theory and it was discovered to be true. That’s God‘s wisdom given by direct inspiration.
2. God speaks to us through His Word.
The Bible has so much wisdom concealed within in its pages. Wisdom that’s only revealed by the Holy Spirit.
3. God speaks to us through His creation.
God has given us a great harvest of wisdom in the models, processes, laws and examples of His creation. Many an incredible breakthrough has happened through our observation of how the the world works.
4. God speaks to us through other people.
Sometimes when I have asked God for wisdom about a matter, He has chosen to speak to me through another person. It may be a revelation that comes out of the blue, just like the detective stories we read. The detective hears a seemingly unconnected statement which stops him in his tracks. “What did you just say?… ah thats it!” In one moment in time a seemingly unconnected statement becomes the key to unlocking the case. Or it may be a direct result of asking a question, with the desire to hear someone else’s thoughts. Many of the ideas for my blogs evolve from conversations with other people.
5. God speaks to us through our circumstances.
Sometimes our own experiences teach us valuable lessons. It’s true that we can learn from our mistakes, just as we can learn from our successes. A failure does not need to remain a failure! It can also be a stepping stone to future success.
One thing is true in all these points, if we don’t take time to stop and consider what we are seeing or hearing we can miss God’s wisdom. Elihu in Job 33:14 makes this statement:
‘For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive it’.
However Jesus states that:
‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me’ (John 10:27).
When we became part of God’s family our ear became tuned to His voice.
God wants to share His wisdom with you. So stop and take a few moments to listen. What is He saying to you today?
What other ways does God reveals His wisdom to us? Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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