Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8th – Proverbs 8: Wisdom to BUILD

“Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.” – Proverbs 8:30,31

It takes wisdom to build. Whether you are building a physical building or a spiritual one, Wisdom is the chief component in the construction. Wisdom tells us “what to do”. IF God Almighty required wisdom at His side when creating our world, then how silly are we to attempt to build without her?

The Bible tells us:

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” – Proverbs 24:3,4

Wisdom builds, understanding establishes and knowledge fills. Lots of people try to build with knowledge only. Knowledge is like a book filled with facts. Without a context or use, knowledge is useless. In our culture we are told “knowledge is power”. I disagree. Applied knowledge is power. Knowledge is like hot air that fills a balloon, wisdom is the balloon.

There are many, many people building businesses, churches and ministries all over the world today. They want wisdom, but the wisdom many are employing is NOT God’s wisdom! Everything God does is counterfeited by the enemy. For example, God created sex not only for procreation, but for pleasure and enjoyment in the context of a marriage covenant. The enemy took God’s creation and perverted it. He sells sex outside of covenant. God calls it “immorality” and the enemy calls it “freedom”. Real life, sex outside of covenant is a disaster, physically, emotionally and spiritually. How many diseases have been created by people sleeping around? How many relationships have been wrecked by sexual immorality?

There is such a thing as counterfeit wisdom. It’s called “earthly” and “demonic”.

“Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” – James 3:15,16

Many businesses, churches and movements are built on this kind of “wisdom”. Earthly wisdom is cold and unfeeling; it’s more interested in statistics than souls. For earthly wisdom, the end ALWAYS justifies the means. It doesn’t matter who you have to hurt or who get steamrolled on the way, the end result is all that matters to earthly wisdom.

God has wisdom and it is a wisdom from above. She was at His side when He created the earth. The Bible talks about this Wisdom:

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” – James 3:17

You need wisdom to build anything, but it needs to be the right kind.

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