One of my spiritual sons, Jean-Claude, was transferred a few years ago to Papua New Guinea as Sales and Distribution Manager for a telephone company. From a marketing point of view, it was a challenging ground, due to the mentality of the population in this region. How could he get them to become telephone resellers and distributors? Jean-Claude had prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to grant him divine wisdom. That’s when he had the ingenious idea to invite shopkeepers of the small shops near his office to come and eat. He then asked the catering service to prepare fish for his guests on site, knowing that the smell would titillate his guests’ taste buds. Grabbing a microphone, he then presented his company’s products. « In Africa, when you host someone, you have to feed them. If you are interested in selling phones, you will be served your meal right away » he told them. They all got up and each took their money out to buy a set of phones to sell. There were two hundred of them. Following the success of this initiative, he repeated the operation every week. After one year, he had 50,000 resellers for his company’s products! In which business school is such a marketing strategy learned? Nowhere! Nowhere! It was not human logic but divine wisdom!
Without divine wisdom, could Jean-Claude have had such a high turnover in record time? No! Divine wisdom thinks differently and you have to know how to grasp it. Wisdom is a mentality, a reasoning that enables us to solve, resolve or build certain things. Divine wisdom is God’s way of reasoning. It is important to have this wisdom to know how God works and to let Him lead you. Beloved, you need divine solutions in difficult times. If you do not have divine wisdom, it will be difficult for you to grasp the solution that the Lord is proposing to you to meet the challenge you are facing. Solomon understood this and sought wisdom to lead Israel and God granted him this grace.
It is thanks to science, intelligence and wisdom that Daniel and his three companions, Schadrak, Meschak and Abed-Nego, succeeded in their job interview at King Nebuchadnezzar’s palace. « Of all the things that required wisdom and understanding, and upon which the king questioned them, he found them ten times greater than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his kingdom, » says the Bible in Daniel 1:20.
How can one receive divine wisdom? All you have to do is ask God! « If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all simply and without reproach, and it will be given to him » (James 1:5). Few Christians ask God to give them wisdom. To ask, you must be aware of your lack of wisdom or its inadequacy.
Seek divine wisdom, more than gold and silver (Proverbs 16:16); seek it as a treasure (Proverbs 2:4-5) and it will be given to you by the Lord!
The book of Proverbs is the part of the Bible that speaks the most about wisdom. It has 31 chapters. Learn to read at least one chapter a day and you will increase your wisdom. God is faithful and He promises to give you His wisdom if you ask Him with faith.
May God bless you!