Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever:
for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons:
He removeth kings, and setteth up kings:
He giveth wisdom unto the wise,
and knowledge to them that know understanding:
He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. Daniel 2 verses 20-22
I have this scripture on my bedroom wall, seeking always to make the walls of my house salvation and my gates praise. I love the written word of God around me – I love to hear Him.
But this verse has been one that I have considered odd or perhaps hard to grasp at first glance.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
Meaning, he gives to those who already have… !!!! It is this bit that has been very interesting to me. You would think that it should say that he gives to those who have not, but in terms of wisdom and knowledge, it says the opposite.
Of course scripture explains and interprets scripture, and we find in Matthew 13 the consistency of approach with the Lord telling us
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Matthew 13:12. This is serious and should galvanize us into wanting to seek Him more.
Further, He thrusts
With all your getting – (ie all your prayer requests and petitions),’ get understanding’
There are generic things for the Children of God (things that are automatically ours by right and as a result of the shed blood of Jesus). There are also specific things ie what you are called to do. Your assignment. But all based should be based /drawn from the foundation of wisdom and there is no need to be bashful.
What did you get?
The Lord has spoken to me over the years through the simile of dreams and revelation. This was a promise of the Father and I know he speaks to many in this way too. He speaks so beautifully. I cannot run or walk or make major decisions without his leading and he often shows me which way through dreams – as I have listened , been disciplined in writing it down…. and searched the scriptures , I have learned the deep and hidden things. The illumination, revelation just jumps out and it has been so wonderful.
It is interesting sometimes when you try to share spiritual things, or warnings that it falls on deaf ears or hard hearts, or people just don’t understand, see, or get it …!!!
This was the case for Jesus – many just didn’t get it or Him. He spoke to the people in parables so that ‘……. they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. In them , he said was ‘…..fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:….
‘….For their ‘heart(s) (are) waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matthew 13:13-15
It is not that the Lord is playing tricks on us, but (as the last verse 15 says ) it is based on the condition of the heart, why some hear and see, and some do not. Some just don’t want it or Him.
Indeed at times you can see individuals firmly closely their hearts , eyes and ears – they just don’t want it!!! They just don’t want to yield. Their hearts are hard and impenitent (unbending, unrepentant). They prefer darkness to light. They prefer to run the gauntlet and go the way of Cain (as I often say). One of my old pastors used to say ‘wisdom is too high for a fool’ and chuckle after he said it!!! No one wants to consider themselves a fool and there are serious implications should we miss it.
The Lord continues to speak to us in similes , symbols and parables. He wants men saved. For those of us in the Body, He wants us to be knowing and walking in the light. The Bible says it. It says that it is at the entrance of his word which brings the light, it gives understanding unto the simple ‘ Psalms 119:130.
Those of us who find him, ‘…finds life and shall obtain favour’ Psalms 8:33. He has said , because all things that are the Fathers are his made accessible to us by his blessed Holy Spirit . He will show us things (John 16:14-15) – not to heap it upon our lusts, but to protect and safeguard us and to advance kingdom.
Not only does he wants us knowing. He wants us saved from our destructions. Only He knows what is in the darkness , the traps and pitfalls that the enemy has set for us . Only He knows what is in the light. He wants to help us evade the dangers by saying ‘this is the way , walk ye in it’. We have a good God. He repeatedly sends others to warn us about perils and dangers looming large. He writes the signs clearly in the skies of our times and the whole creation is groaning, again seeking to warn us.
Yesterday , I was so pleased to spend time with my youngest daughter to review all the warnings and words the Lord had given me over the years and where it had led us to now. We can often forget how far we have come and who has led us like the children of Israel, but I urge that you do a review and see how God has spoke or spoken to you. When you do this it is amazing how it is a witness and a testimony; how he has revealed the deep and hidden things; how he has ‘wrong footed the enemy ‘ to bring us to our desired destination and in safety.
Our God wants us believing, healed, hearing , seeing, knowing , victorious and doing of his good pleasure. He has so much more he wants to reveals to us through the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
Today, as I write , I have you (the collective House ) which includes me, on my heart and my thoughts for us and the kingdom , are good thoughts. It is my prayer that in all our prayers and petitions and requests, that we continue to ask the Lord for greater light and deeper understanding.
I know that none of us have arrived to the place of excellency, where we know all things or where we do all things well. We need each other in these dark days and as our common arch enemy, seeks to blind us from Truth. It is however only the humble and penitent heart that is able to see and receive, repent and to continue to grow in grace. May that kind of heart be found in me and in us.
My prayers remain that the Lord continue to order our steps by his light and in the myriad ways that He does. That He (our God ) continues to direct our work and words in truth, that we may win some and ourselves be able to stand.
Lord, peel back the hard skin and the dark places of our hearts and let your light shine in. Increase in us understanding and give us a receptive heart, that we may prove and know what is your good and perfect will in this hour for this, or for that.
We want to see and hear better. Shine your divine light on our dark understanding.
Benevolent God, give us an understanding heart and increase in us your spirit of wisdom. May your spirit of grace and truth and revelation be upon us in increased measure, in this season.
These and other mercies I ask in the precious name of Jesus.
Evangelist Linda J UK