Walk in wisdom toward them that are without
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5 KJV
Paul exhorts the Colossians to walk in wisdom in dealing with unbelievers. He underscores the necessity of wisdom in our daily lives and specifically in the way we relate to the unsaved. 1 Chronicles 12:32 presents a fascinating description of the practical applications of wisdom :
“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment” (1 Chronicles 12:32 KJV).
The children of Issachar had understanding of the times and knew what Israel ought to do. Wisdom enables us to know what we ought to do in different circumstances. It could be knowing the difference between what is right and wrong, what is profitable and useless, or even what is good from what is best. God is not only a God of power but of wisdom. He wants us to walk in wisdom towards unbelievers. He certainly wants us to walk in wisdom in the affairs of our personal lives.
As I have noted before, many of our life problems, contrary to what many of us might be thinking, are not power related but wisdom problems. We often find ourselves in difficult and challenging situations simply because of bad choices, which is a manifestation of the lack of wisdom. Christ in you is the very wisdom of God. As much as you cry out and desire power, yearn for God’s wisdom in your daily life.
Please take a moment to think over our main verse above, and say those words to yourself as you ponder and think upon their meaning and how it applies to you.
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The Lord wants us to not only walk in His power or love but also in His wisdom. Start paying attention to operating in God’s wisdom in your life. Christ in you is the very wisdom of God.
Ask the Spirit to help you recognize and walk in wisdom in your daily interactions.
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