Walking with Wisdom

by APC on April 08, 2015
Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Walking with Wisdom







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See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:15–17, KJV).

What is Wisdom?

What does wisdom mean? We may find this easier to recognize in others, but more difficult to define. Paul tells us in this setting of Scripture to “walk circumspectly,” which means to be careful in our daily walk—not careless. Wisdom encompasses many attributes and is:

  • Having the power to discern what is true or right
  • The intersection of knowledge and doing
  • Not just having the right facts/answer, but the proper application

James encourages us to prove that we have wisdom through our conversation and our works (James 3:13). We should be careful not to have the wrong motive in our wisdom. We can avoid this if we seek out Godly wisdom:

But the wisdom that from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and with hypocrisy (James 3:17, KJV).

In short, we can define wisdom as being the right answer, at the right time, with the right motive, and the right attitude.

The Necessity of Wisdom

If we continue to be unwise, we will almost always end up making the wrong decision. God will always be the starting point for wisdom in our life (Proverbs 9:10). We are fools if we despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7). As Scripture states, fearing the Lord is just a healthy respect for and attention toward God and the knowledge and wisdom He brings into our lives.

God will teach us how to be wise. He gives us the how for living our life. This is a promise throughout Scripture (Proverbs 1:29; 2:5; 8:13; 10:27; 14:26; 15:33). If we continue to seek Him and His ways, we will be able to “get smarter.” If we seek God, wisdom and knowledge that we didn’t have (e.g., discretion) will become active in our life.

Watch the Tongue

The main way we see wisdom in our life—as well as others—is by the words that come out of our mouth. James’ whole discourse about wisdom followed his caution to the church about the tongue. He warned the church that the tongue was a little member, but would turn the entire body and kindle a great fire. It has the potential to defile the body as well as others (James 3:3–13). We need to be careful about what we say as it could potentially offend others. It is in what we say that our “wisdom” is weighed.

Why We Don’t Walk Wisely

People are Simple

King Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible, spoke about “simple” (naive) people (Proverbs 14:15). Simple people believe anything they hear and they don’t think about the consequences. They show lack of experience in their decisions. King Solomon equated the “simple” to a young man who was lured away by a harlot. He and described him as “an ox [that] goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;” (Proverbs 7:22, KJV). When we make decisions, we need to ensure that a momentary decision is going to trade our entire future.

We have a promise that the “simple” can be made wise when we are instructed and receive knowledge (Proverbs 21:11). We can proactively learn from others—this can include their positive and negative examples. However, our best example to follow, and to glean wisdom from will be God and His precious Word.

People Can Be Fools

Fools believe that they are right (Proverbs 12:15) and mock sin (Proverbs 14:9). The danger of simple people is their disregard of circumstances. However, the danger of the fool, is they ignore circumstances. Fools dismiss what’s going on around them even though they have full knowledge. Fools believe lies such as, “this is my life,” “this is my body,” and “this is my decision.”

Fools have a tendency to not only hurt themselves, but the people around them. Scripture tells us that we need to walk in the counsel of the wise so that we can be wise also (Proverbs 13:20). We need to listen to the counsel of others now before it is too late.

People are Lazy

Laziness in our personal life can seep over into our spiritual life. The Bible uses terminology such as “slothful” or a “sluggard.” Lazy people have the best intentions, but the worst attention. They always mean to and make promises, but the action never comes.

Proverbs 21:25 says, “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labor” (KJV). Lazy people have the capacity to destroy through their lack of action. Lazy people have a greater propensity to backslide, make the wrong decisions, and damage things. And, it’s not because of what they do, but what they refuse to do. We need to be careful that we aren’t wasters and destroyers (Proverbs 18:9).

Wisdom is Looking for Us

James told the church to seek out Godly wisdom (James 3:17). We don’t know it, but this wisdom is already looking for us. King Solomon paints a picture of wisdom out in the streets crying to get people to pay attention to her, but not one listens (Proverbs 1:20–33). If we refuse wisdom, we shall be despised, mocked, and become fools.

However, if we seek out wisdom, and accept it, we will “understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:5, KJV). Wisdom and knowledge will be poured into us if we see it and lay hold of it. God is ready to pour out His wisdom on His people. Are you ready to receive it?

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on March 25, 2015