LISTEN: Wisdom, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #49 with Daniel Whyte III)
This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.
Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Wisdom from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.
Why Is Wisdom So Important?
In order to explain the superior value of wisdom, God compares it to the most precious things in life.
1. It is more valuable than gold. Proverbs 8:19 says, “My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.”
2. It is more precious than jewels. Proverbs 8:11 says, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
3. It is more valuable than riches. Proverbs 8:18 says, “Riches and honour are with me [wisdom]; yea, durable riches and righteousness.”
4. It should be our first priority. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Now, let’s look at some great heroes of faith who received wisdom from God.
• Joseph, a Hebrew young man who became the prime minister of Egypt: Genesis 41:39 says, “Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art,” and “he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.”
• Joshua, Moses’ protege who led the children of Israel in the Promised Land: Deuteronomy 34:9 says, “Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.”
• Daniel, a Hebrew young man who was taken captive to Babylon, but rose to the highest ranks of government under four administrations: Daniel 1:17 & 20 says, “God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. . . . And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers”.
• David, a man after God’s own heart, and the second king of Israel: First Samuel 18:14-15 says, “David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. . . . David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.”
• Solomon, the son of David, the wisest man who ever lived, and the third king of Israel: First Kings 4:29-30 says, “God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. . . . And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.”
• Ezra, a priest who led the children of Israel back to their homeland after seventy years in exile: Ezra 7:25 says, “And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.”
• Stephen, one of the first followers of Jesus Christ who was a bold witness for the faith: Acts 6:3-10 says, “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom… and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost… And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.”
Young person, no matter who you are or where you come from, you can get wisdom from God and live a life of purpose, success, and blessing.
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Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.