Which is it?
Incline your ear to wisdom and apply your mind to understanding. Proverbs 2:2
Incline your ear, make a choice to take a course of action. You have to be an active participant in this uncovering of wisdom. You have to search it out like a treasure, it is a painstaking task that may increase your sorrow, because with more wisdom comes more sorrow. As you see more and understand more you increasingly understand the gapping holes in our society and the distance between God and His people.
BUT..Proverbs 21:1 makes it clear that God is said to “turn” the hearts of human beings wherever he wills. So which is it…do we have to incline our ear and search it out or does God turn the hearts of men? We know that true wisdom is derived only from God but God gives that wisdom freely. It even says: Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Psalm 51:6
Wisdom was given in the womb! Why all this searching then? Do we already have all the wisdom we need if it was taught to us in that secret place?
Doesn’t it get exciting when The Word begins to lay out a picture that blows your mind?
What God requires of us He Himself works in us and He works it in the regular parts of our every day life, enlightening the mind and thus gathering our will to seek Him more. Where there is truth God will give wisdom.
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
Numbering our days and redeeming every bit of time we are given is not only wisdom itself but it helps us gain a heart of wisdom. Use our time wisely, don’t take the moments for granted, be purposeful, seek to live every moment with God in mind!
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
If all my days are ordained for me, why should I number them? Which is it? Do I number them or does God? It is true, God has them numbered already, we are to learn to number them in order to make them count.
Matthew Henry’s commentary says “It is an excellent art rightly to number our days, so as not to be out in our calculation, as he who counted upon many years to come when, that night, his soul was required of him. We must live under a constant apprehension of the shortness and uncertainty of life and the near approach of death and eternity. We then number our days to good purpose when thereby our hearts are inclined to engage to true wisdom, that is, to the practice of serious godliness. To be religious is to be wise; this is the thing to which it is necessary that we apply our hearts, and the matter requires and deserves a close application.”
And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. 1 kings 4:29
Now i understand why God wants us to have a largeness of heart “I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.” Psalm 119:32 Obedience enlarges my heart, I need a large heart so that God can give me understanding like the sand on the seashore. God freely gives wisdom, but I must seek it out as a treasure and take pains to find it. Will I have enough time to seek it? God has ordained my days but I must number them and choose to incline my ear to hear, even though He knit me in my mothers womb and imparted wisdom there in the secret place.
Which is it?
It is both and all and each part following each other and working together, that wisdom would be found and given and grown.
Go get it!