by Ajay Chakravarthy (based on RLCF Bible Study on Wednesday, September 28, 2016)
So that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. II Corinthians 2:11
We read in 2 Corinthians 2:11, if we don’t have the wisdom of God that we are going to be deceived and taken advantage of by the devil and his schemes. There is always a greater danger in those things that are not apparent to us. For example, if we were to steal something, our conscience would immediately convict us and we would have the opportunity to quickly go and set it right. Now if we were to lack wisdom, would we be able to recognize that in the same way?
From the parables of Jesus below, we read about those who were spiritually foolish.
- Foolish man that was deceived by riches (Luke 12:16-21)
- Five foolish virgins (Matt 25:1-13)
- Foolish man who built his house on the sand (Matt 7:24-27)
In all these parables the lack of wisdom came to light only at the very end of their lives. And when they realized it, it was already too late to do anything about it. In James 5:7, it speaks of being patient for the early and late rains. We can picture the early rains to be the elementary teachings such as repentance, forgiveness of sins, baptism in water and Holy Spirit which we are all seek and receive at the beginning of our Christian life (Heb. 6:1, 2). But are we patient till the late rains? These can be pictured as the areas that will be tested at the end of our life such as the wisdom of God (Matt. 25:27) and walking in faithfulness to the Lord (Matt. 25:21).
The dominion of devil is not threatened by the leaders or nations of this world. The greatest threat to his kingdom on this earth is the church. We also see that this is the reason for the devil’s focused attack is against the church (Rev. 12:17). We read the church as one trying to break down the gates of hell (Matt. 16:18). We read in 2 Cor. 10:4 of how the spiritual weapons are powerful to bring down strongholds of the enemy. Similarly, we see those who know their God will do exploits against the enemy in the last days (Daniel 11:32) or how in 2 Kings 6:8-16, the Lord made known all the enemies plans to His servant Elisha.
We see that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit and had wisdom in every situation. Just one example, in Mark 1:17, He asked Peter and Andrew to follow Him and they obeyed and followed Him. A few chapters later in Mark 5:18, 19, we see another man who desired to follow Him and Jesus asked Him to go back and declare what God had done for Him. Jesus did not live by rules but rather He saw and did what His Father showed Him (John 5:19).
In James 3:13-18, we read clearly that there is an earthly and heavenly wisdom. The earthly wisdom it says is demonic and two identifying marks are bitter jealousy and selfish ambition (James 3:14, 15). We need to be careful to cleanse ourselves completely of these two evils if we want to be a part of a church that overcomes the evil one.
We read in Prov. 1:20-23, that wisdom is crying out in the street corners and pleading to us not stay foolish. In James 1:5, it exhorts those of us who have recognized that we lack wisdom to go and ask for wisdom. But if we do not pay attention to wisdom calling today, there will be a day when we frantically seek for wisdom and she will not be found (Prov. 1:28).
May we seek the Lord for wisdom today when it is the acceptable time (2 Cor. 6:2). This way we will be ready to stand before Him on that final day (Matt. 25:10) having fought a good fight against the enemy (2 Tim. 4:7).