Wisdom Applies the Word of God Properly
- Date: February 8, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.” (Jeremiah 4:22)
- From Wise To Do Evil
"When I return, will I find faith upon the earth" (Luke 18:8)? Just before the judgment of God-just before God allowed Israel to be taken into Babylonian captivity, the prophet Jeremiah stood up and said, "You know, the problem with you guys is this. You're not wise toward spiritual things. You're not wise toward kingdom things. You are wise toward evil." Now, here's the evil. We're not talking about being wise to know how to be a better seductress, wise to the evil of how to make better moonshine. There's only one evil, and that's the denial of this one fact: "The Lord thy God is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4).
You see, the evil of the country was [that they were] allowing [themselves] to just embrace these other gods. We don't know and are not moving in the wisdom of God without obedience to the Word. See, too many people are satisfied to embrace the knowledge, to have at their fingertips the ability to make right decisions. It's not enough to know what's right. It's not enough to have the ability to do right. You've got to obey. You've got to do it.
So we're going to look at this aspect. I want to talk about wisdom in general, and then we'll see how it really applies to you and me as we make a distinction between the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of God. Hopefully we can identify quickly, then, when we're out of biblical order. One aspect of wisdom is the ability to judge correctly.
We're going to take a moment in this study and go back to show you that what destroyed Solomon was wisdom. See, wisdom isn't always a good thing. The ability to make right judgments is not enough. You need to make right judgments on yourself. "Thou art the man." So when we hear all the admonitions to choose wisdom, that wisdom is the primary thing-with all of your getting, get wisdom. (Proverbs 4:7) It's more precious than rubies. (Proverbs 3:15) But it's worthless if it's not applied and applied properly.
In the last days knowledge is going to increase. Isn't that what the prophet said-Daniel, speaking in that twelfth chapter? "In the last days knowledge is going to increase. Men will be running to and fro" (Daniel 12:4). That's not just talking about the transient ability we have today by jet planes and automobiles. I want to tell you what the to and fro is. We're being tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. And even more as this age of antichrist comes in. See, that's what Daniel is talking about in that twelfth chapter. The knowledge of God is going to increase, but then people add other gods.
The addition of that polytheism begins with the primary addition of self, and from that then a myriad of other perverted doctrines. Wisdom: the ability to judge correctly. So we see that, then, as a practical daily aspect of wisdom, and it's vital. We have natural wisdom, and then we have spiritual wisdom. James speaks clearly. There's a wisdom that's from above, and then there's a wisdom that is earthly, sensual and demonic. So wisdom is not necessarily good, and that's one of the things we want to get into our thinking.