Dan Delzell: How to Tap Into God’s Secret Wisdom

Perhaps you consider yourself to be a wise person, and maybe your family and friends would agree with your assessment. But are you wise in the things of God? That is to say, have you tapped into God’s “secret wisdom”?

You see, the “wisdom of the world” (1 Cor. 1:20) operates on a different trajectory than the secret wisdom of God. The apostle Paul spoke of this heavenly wisdom when he wrote: “We speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” (1 Cor. 2:6,7)

God’s secret wisdom is given to those who are humble in heart, and willing to admit they need the Lord’s grace and guidance. God’s secret wisdom is not given to the proud. “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.” (1 Cor. 1:27-29)

So are you a boastful person? Do you tend to seek glory for yourself, or is your life devoted to bringing glory to God? “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:31) Man by nature is good at bragging about himself and his accomplishments. But this obsession with self gets replaced with God’s secret wisdom once a person bows the knee to the Lord and admits, “I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. Cleanse me Jesus of my sin.” Such a confession, when made sincerely, destroys pride and replaces it with humility before God and man. And it led Paul to honestly proclaim, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 6:14)

How can a person be emptied of pride and filled with the Holy Spirit? Such a drastic change requires the miracle of conversion. Through repentance and faith in Christ, spiritual conversion turns a person into “a new creation.” (Gal. 6:15) Saved people think differently than lost people. Prior to conversion, we lived according to our natural instincts. But the moment we received Christ as Savior, (John 1:12) we received a new nature. And this new nature contains the secret wisdom of God.

The apostle John described believers this way: “You have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” (1 John 2:20) In other words, you now possess God’s secret wisdom, whereas prior to your conversion you only understood “the wisdom of the world.” (1 Cor. 1:20) But that old way of thinking and living is doomed to destruction. It cannot please God because it does not rely upon Jesus. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6)

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Source: Christian Post