“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.” (John 1:9-10)
A non-biblical worldview holds that wisdom is found in characteristics such as personal intelligence, power, and shrewd decisions, which are imitations of God’s perfect wisdom. Some powerful people in the Bible recognized the limitations of this fake wisdom and sought a superior wisdom from God. Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, Queen Esther, David, Nicodemus, and Paul, are a few individuals who recognized the supremacy of God’s intelligence. The New Testament is especially instructive—the only way to obtain true wisdom from God is to submit to Jesus Christ, who is “the power of God and wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24). Christ is the ultimate personification of godly wisdom; those who draw close to Him will find the wisdom that the world seeks, but cannot find. He is “the Word made flesh” (John 1:14) and “the exact imprint of God’s nature” (Hebrews 1:3). Therefore, walking in the path of wisdom requires submission to Christ and the courage to be counter-cultural.
Personal conviction of biblical truth emboldens us when we are surrounded by worldly influences. The grace and love of Christ in us, in the dwelling Holy Spirit quiets our desperation to and gives us the perspective, peace, and timeliness needed to share our hearts winsomely with those who need to hear the gospel. But we must first demonstrate that Christ is the “wisdom of God” in our lives. So, let us ask ourselves, “Do my values, choices, and decisions reflect Christ’s wisdom?”