What’s better: a command from God or wisdom from God? Does it matter to God whether He speaks directly or if he speaks through the wisdom he gives us?
We live in a very suspicious world these days. Even the news channels come from a certain bias and if you don’t come from the same bias you don’t trust what they have to say. So, why would it be any different as a Christian leader? Unless you are a Christian what motive do you have to listen to preachers, regardless of whether it’s God’s commands or their own? How do you know the difference?
I saw a story recently of a preacher saying of a death row inmate soon to be executed that his punishment will be far greater before the Lord than his impending death. Is that God’s wisdom or man’s? Is that really what God said? You see the dilemma.
People can reject both God’s word and the words of preachers, but if they reject God’s word then they will have to face God some day. For Christians we would do well to separate our speech between what God actually told us and what we simply just think. Let’s not be people who quote God as if we know all that He is thinking on every issue that arises. We can look to His word for guidance in this, but even then there are two testaments: an old and a new. Often we quote the old and appear judgmental. The new is more grace-filled.
My prayer today is that we would represent God well. That our speech would be according to His word. That our wisdom would draw from the wells of His knowledge. (see 1 Corinthians 7)