WHAT DO YOU WANT TO WORK ON FOR THE NEW YEAR, 2013?

I found a really impressive Article entitled:

“REVERENCE FOR GOD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM” by ElderNeil Anderson   Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in a Magazine called Ensign JANUARY, 2013 (I will be making quotes from the Ensign Article previously mentioned.)

Since I was a youngster, and I read in the Bible how when God ask Salomon what was the one thing he truly wanted from God most of all.  Solomon told God that the thing he wanted most was WISDOM.  As a young child that really made quite an impression on me, of all the things Solomon could have ask for and he choose Wisdom?  And yet because he choose Wisdom he got all the rest, and he impressed, and made God happy with his request.  That always really amazed me.

These times of technology where we are loaded down with excess information that we have to wade through on daily basis.  As Elder Neil L. Anderson put it: “In this tidal wave, how desperately we need wisdom, wisdom to sort through and discern how to apply what we are learning.  T.S. Eliot, a believing Christian writing years ago, speaks to our world today.”

O world of spring and autumn, birth

and dying!

The endless cycle of idea and action

Endless invention, endless experiment,

Brings  knowledge of motion, but not

of stillness;

Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;

Knowledge of words, and ignorance

of the Word.

All our knowledge brings us near to our

ignorance.

All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,

But nearness to death no nearer to God.

Where is the Life we  have lost in living?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in

Knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in

information?

The cycles of heaven in twenty centuries

Brings us further from God and nearer to

The Dust.

(Neil Anderson continues)Where are you on the wisdom scale? The more I learn about the wisdom of God, the more I believe I am only at the beginning end of wisdom. It humbles me as I realize how much I have to learn.  … I hope to increase our desire to acquire wisdom and specifically the wisdom of God.

…the wisdom of the world while in many cases very valuable, is mostvaluable when it humbly bows to the wisdom of God

The scriptures describe two types of wisdom: the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God. The wisdom of the world has both a positive and negative component.  In the darkest description, it could be described as a partial truth, mixed with intelligence and manipulation to achieve selfish or evil purposes.

There is another kind of wisdom of the world that is not nearly so sinister. In fact it is very positive.  This wisdom is consciously acquired through study, reflection, observation, and hard work.  It is very valuable and helpful in the things we do,  To good and decent people, it comes as we experience our mortality.  If we are observant,  if we are thoughtful, time can teach us much.

Seek after this wisdom—be reflective, observe carefully, think about what you experience in life.

More important, the wisdom that brings success in the world must be willing to step behind the wisdom of God and not think that it can substitute for it.

Remember all wisdom is not created equal.”

The Psalmist said, “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).  What the scripture means is that a profound reverence“ 5.  for the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  That profound reverence comes because our Heavenly Father “ has all wisdom and all power, both in heaven and in earth” (Mosiah 4:9).  His wisdom is perfect.  It is pure.  It is unselfish.

This wisdom, at times, will be opposite the wisdom of the world, meaning the wisdom of God and the wisdom of the world will come in direct conflict one with another.

Remember the words of the Lord in Isaiah?  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways saith the Lord.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than your thoughts”( Isaiah 55:8-9 ).

The wisdom of God will not come to us by entitlement; we must be willing to seek after it.  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraided not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5; emphasis added).

The wisdom of God is a spiritual gift.  Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of  God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich” (D&C 6:7; emphasis added).

Seeking  for the wisdom of God is always accompanied by obedience to the commandments.  

Generally, the spiritual gift of wisdom come step by step as we honestly and diligently seek it.  “I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, … and blessed are those who harken unto my precepts, … for they shall learn wisdom; for unto  him that receiveth I will give more” (2 Nephi 28:30; emphasis added).

The things of God are of deep import: and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only  find them out.” 6.  There is no instant gratification in seeking for the wisdom of God.

Finally, the source 0f the wisdom of God is different from the word.  The wisdom is found in the scriptures…(see D&C 8:1:2)

With the wisdom of God, we see beyond our current circumstances because, as the scripture says, “the Spirit … speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be” (Jacob 4:13).

The wisdom of God is wisdom worthy of our devoted attention.

Perhaps the most important point is that not all wisdom is created equal.  We need to learn that when there is conflict between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God, we must yield our will to the wisdom of God.

We are the sons and daughters of God.  We are spiritual beings on a mortal mission.  We who are devoted to learning the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God must not become confused with which wisdom is more important.

If you perceptive, you will find that you are confronted with these types of tests many times throughout your life.  Where will you put your trust?  Listen to the Lord’s warning directly to us:

“O the vainness, and the foolishness of men!  When they are learned [in the wisdom of the world] they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves [the wisdom of the world], wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profited them not.  And they perish.

“But to be learned [in the wisdom of the world] is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God” (2Nephi 9:28-29; emphasis added).

The test is often whether we will allow the  wisdom of God to be our guiding course when it moves opposite the wisdom of the world.”

My thoughts on this wonderful article and subject:  Many times over my lifetime I have heard people say things like “ If I had only listened to my gut, (sometimes they will say their heart ) because I seldom go wrong when I listen to my gut or heart.”  I think it was in actuality God was giving them Gods wisdom.

In the old MAGNUM T.V. series the main character would talk about “the little voice” the same thing applies. We must all give heed to that voice of reason within us all. GOD’S WISDOM of doing the right thing.

(On the second page you will find Scriptural references to go even deeper into the subject of WISDOM.)