Paul the apostle wrote in Ephesians 3:10-11,
“…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Living in the manifold wisdom of God can mean that all of the inhabitants of heaven and earth, principalities and powers, workers of darkness, angels and demons, and all of the folks in between can be absolutely assured that Jesus is wisdom, and he has provided his wisdom to live life fully and completely to and through his church. Another view is that the Father, through the Son, empowered by the Holy Spirit, provided the multi-colored wisdom of God and made it accessible to his children. It is as though wisdom can be seen in a colorful display, such as red anger, blue days, green with envy or green pastures, light heartedness, dark days, etc. Of course, the color scheme of God is perfect and pure, not driven by mere emotion, but focused on our benefit and his glory. As we live our lives by God’s grace, we manifest God’s purposes. Through the Church, we learn wisdom, which is to:
Know him. This means much more than knowing about God. It really means to know his character and his desires for us; beginning with the knowledge that God is good, that he loves us, and has provided us with all that we need for an abundant life.
Trust him. This is a foundational truth that will be expounded upon shortly.
Live life to its fullest, for the glory of God. For all that God has created is for our enjoyment (in moderation, a commonsense principle of wisdom), for again, God is good, all the time, in spite of what life might throw at us.
Trust is the Foundation
“Proverbs 3:5, 6…”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on what you know, but in everything you do, give God thanks, and he will direct your path.”
The very first verse of scripture I memorized after giving my life to Christ was Proverbs 3:5, 6. I suppose the Lord knew that given my background and inclinations, I needed this verse more than others did. It is helpful to remember the steps of the righteous are put in order, or set straight by the Lord himself. So, we must remember:
- Trust is the Key. In any relationship, human or divine, trust is an essential foundation. For how can one develop a relationship between two if one doubts the character or trustworthiness of the person they are relating to? A simple trust in the goodness of God, based upon all he has done for us, is a necessary first step in learning wisdom. The bible states “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (the first step in gaining wisdom; you have to know a few things); fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Thus, determining in our hearts to fear (trust) in the Lord is an important first step, one which cannot be minimized. Of course, it is not trust alone that matters, but it is…
- Trusting in the Lord, for he is the only one who can be fully trusted. Most of us have been severely disappointed by past relationships, even well meaning, loving people can fail to meet our expectations, legitimate or not. Only the Lord, who never sleeps or slumbers, who is ever watching over us, who cares for us with an eternal and comprehensive love, can be fully trusted to have our backs in every situation, even when we are rebellious or foolish. He is trustworthy. He requires of us as his sons and daughters, that we learn to trust him fully in order to gain the multicolored wisdom of God. Our trust is to be in the Lord, and must flow from our hearts.
- Trust him with all that we have and in all that we have. Our hearts, souls, minds and strength, with our time, talent and treasures, with our hopes and dreams, in our fears and lack, we trust him in everything. This is demonstrated by giving thanks, not for everything, but in every and all circumstances. Of course, this is easier said than done, but it can be done. God would not dangle a promise before us that we had no hope of achieving with his help. Finally,
- Recognize the limitations of our own experience, or the experience of our mamas or daddies. Our friends, family, and even spiritual leaders are all limited in their knowledge and wisdom; especially in regards to the personal life of one of God’s uniquely created women or men.
What God promises, he will fulfill, but of course, we must make sure we have clearly heard a promise, knowing it is from him, in a still small voice or from his word.