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1 Corinthians 2:12

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

First, I doubt it’s possible to overstate the value of understanding. Notice the wording here. Why does Paul say “understand the gifts”? Why doesn’t he say “USE the gifts”? Because understanding really means POWER. “We receive the spirit of God so that we might have the power to use the gifts he gives us.” You want power? Gain understanding. Understanding lets us see issues in new ways. If we can see our problems from many angles, then we can find their weaknesses, their fake walls that make them appear substantial- and take control. Evil’s power is in darkness. Ours is in understanding.

Identify a problem you’ve been struggling with. Have you actually tried to understand the problem? Or have you only tried to solve the problem? Set yourself down to understanding your problem. Give it a good think. What does the problem boil down to? What would it take to overcome? Ask the Holy Spirit for a word. Look up ten scripture verses about that word. Write them onto index cards and carry one around in your pocket. Meditate on it. Talk to God. Engage with your problem through the Holy Spirit. Ask God for understanding of the issue. All the aspects of the Living God are already inside of you and me- there’s no point in asking for help, or strength, or guidance. Seek understanding! Take Power! Seek understanding, actively, earnestly, with total abandon seek to understand the things that you think you want, and the Spirit of God will teach you what it is you’re truly after, and how to use the power you already have to achieve it. The Power of God yields fruit.

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1 Corinthians 2:11

Is there anyone who can understand his own thoughts except his own inner spirit? In the same way, no one can know the thoughts of God except God’s Spirit.

This effectively splits us into two parties in one brain. The Conscious Man who’s having thoughts he doesn’t understand, and The Spirit of the man, who understands and interprets the thoughts. That’s comforting. At least SOMEBODY understands me.

Unfortunately this translation of this verse gives no guarantee that the spirit will clue the idiot side in.

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Isaiah 40:13-14

13 Who has directed the spirit of the Lord,
    or as his counselor has instructed him?
14 Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,
    and who taught him the path of justice?
Who taught him knowledge,
    and showed him the way of understanding?

Understanding may be a series of steps which lead to a solution. I imagine a rubber tube, being stretched out longer and longer, thinner and thinner. Our arteries are the thickest tubes in the body. Most of the blood cells moving are in the center and don’t get to deliver oxygen- they get skipped over. As they thin out to capillaries, the tubes become so thin that only one blood cell can go through at a time. The capillaries are the much more effective, much more immediate, much more active, much more successful tool because every red blood cell gets used to the uttermost. If understanding is a way which can be improved, then our understanding tube can be stretched out and made more effective. We can get in contact with the details, insights, and powers of our mind that at the moment are being skipped over because they’re in the middle of the tube. This will allow us to see the big picture and make appropriate decisions which will lead away from Death and Destruction (Job 28:22). 

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Isaiah 40:12

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
    and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure,
    and weighed the mountains in scales
    and the hills in a balance?

These are big images: all the water on Earth fitting in the palm of a hand; that same hand stretching across the sky. The same with the mountains laying on scales. The images we get are of a very BIG God, and a very small Earth. They’re also images of a careful creation: measurement, checking, balances and scales and preparations. This passage speaks about the perfection of God, his design dwarfing us. Wisdom is all about pulling back, standing in awe of the work of the Spirit, and realizing that we are a part of something much bigger than Self.

Mitochondria and single-celled amoebas existed for a million years until one day the two got together and starting living inside one another, which was the tipping point of the creation of eukaryotes, and us, and this blog. The two had no way of knowing what would come of their unification at the time. With the Web cinching up all of humanity, negating time and space from our interactions, perhaps we are the next tipping point. The more I understand, the more I get the idea that we are part of a whole- a cog- working in the cosmos as God has designed it for His purpose and to His glory (James 1:18). It is not reasonable to assume that we are nameless pieces, though. Jesus is 100% involved in each of our consciousnesses and lives (James 4:5). That same dust God measured in scales, He added his breath to. We are each a part of Him, and  necessarily possess the wisdom and understanding which went into building our world in the first place.

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Job 28 (Part of the Word of Wisdom Series)

Yes! So many good things in here.

Who: Job

What: Compares jewels/gold to wisdom/understanding

Why: “[Wisdom] cannot be bought with the finest gold.” v. 13

Here’s some great pull-out quotes:

“But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living (v. 12-13).” Certainly in our culture today, apparently in Job’s thousands of years ago, wisdom and understanding are not prized. People spend so little effort, or maybe I should say so few people spend a great deal of effort, actually trying to become wise, and gain understanding of their world and life. We disregard wisdom and understanding; we just don’t get how important, useful, valuable, wonderful, precious, terrible, difficult, rare, majestic, helpful, valuable,  worthwhile they are. Now gold, on the other hand, rubies, sapphires, silver, iron, ore, oil, cast, bitches, TV’s, paintings, end tables, rugs, cars, houses, registered breed dogs, fancy maps, bedknobs and broomsticks- we’ll scratch and beat our way through years and years of solidified shit to get our hands on. We forsake what is valuable and truly hard to get for what is fleeting and within our reach. Job says “Neither gold nor jewels can compare with [wisdom] (v. 17),” in terms of beauty and worth. Actual worthiness. Actual value. Truth. True meaning- wisdom has some, gold has none.

“God understands the way to [wisdom] and he alone knows where it dwells (v. 23).” In fact it says, when God was setting up the Earth, at the very beginning when he was measuring out the waters and calculating the gale force speed for the wind and such, he was also organizing wisdom. It is a precious resource in this world just like the oceans, the rain, the ore, the gold. “He looked at [wisdom] and appraised it; he confirmed and tested it.” This is metallurgy imagery. Appraisals, like diamonds, measured for worth; testing, like gold, measured for strength and purity. God worked on this wisdom just like we men work on gold. You can practically hear the clang of his hammer on the anvil, beating understanding into shape. You can smell the burning and the sweat on his brow as he worked, truly expended effort, to clarify and perfect the wisdom and understanding which would fill up this world. Gold he simply laid down on the ground; the wisdom he made. And then he gave it to us. He told us where to go to find it. “He said to man ‘The fear of the Lord- that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding (v. 28).'”

Well I have not been shunning evil. I have feared the Lord, I think. But I have no understanding yet, of what that means. What it means is that I shun evil. To fear the Lord means to be on his side. A respect, hunger, appreciation, use of all things good is wisdom. Understanding this world, how we live in it, how it works for us, how we work for it, begins and ends with casting evil out of it. We are not made for evil. Gold is not made for evil. The rocks and stones and dust and leaves and animals are not made to interact with evil. We’ve got to understand that evil is anathema to the smooth running of our world (metaphysical plane). Shun it. Get it out. One man at a time turn your back on evil and make it leave- send it down to the depths to dwell with the gold and iron-ore. Shun evil, and wisdom shall prevail. “It means to have respect and reverence for God and to be in awe of his majesty and power. That is the starting point to finding real wisdom.”

“Miners put an end to darkness, and search out to the farthest bounds for the ore in gloom and deep darkness (v. 3).” Look what we’re willing to go through to get this junk. We gladly, eagerly, descend into gloom and darkness. We subject ourselves to utter misery, “far from where people dwell…they sway suspended, remote (v. 4)”, in search of these riches.

Another interpretation of (v.13) says “Mortals do not know the way to it, and it is not found in the land of the living.” Men do not have wisdom to give and share. Reading philosophy books or looking to leaders and thinkers is no way to find a path through life. They are blind leading the blind. “No leader can produce enough insight to explain the totality of human experience.”  A complete view of us humans, our lives and everything included in it, is available to God. “He looks to the ends of the Earth, and sees everything under the heavens.” We, therefore, can also see that. We can see where we are going, form plans, ideas, prioritieswe can get things right! Gold gives us no method of achieving that. I gives no achievement whatsoever. Nothing we can possibly buy or read or forge in fire or program on a computer can give us that insight. Only The Bible. “When looking for guidance, seek God’s wisdom as revealed in the Bible. To be lifted above and beyond the boundaries of life, we must know and trust the Lord of life.” To be lifted above and beyond the boundaries of life.

This has been part of the Word of Wisdom Series

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