Small Wisdom Becomes Great Wisdom

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile  himself.

And Mezar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.  As for these four children, 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 enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Daniel 1:8, 16-17, 20
Proverbs 9:10

A thought occurred to me as I was thinking about this passage.  The Bible says that, after the Hebrew children exercised their faith and refused to defile themselves with the king’s meat, God gave them great wisdom and understanding.  And that, of course, is a great lesson for us.  God blesses people who do what He tells them to do.  And I believe that God especially blesses those who do what He wants them to do in the face of possible persecution (and in this case, even possible death).  But I think that there is another lesson here for us.

As I was thinking about these young men being blessed with wisdom and understanding “ten times better” than their peers, Proverbs 9:10 popped into my mind.  The very beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.  And understanding is “the knowledge of the holy.”  These young men had wisdom even before God granted them “an extra dose.”  They feared the Lord more than they feared the king.  That IS wisdom.  By using the wisdom that they had, they received much, much more.  And by choosing not to defile themselves with the king’s meat but to remain holy, they showed a great understanding of God and His holy nature.  They were blessed with great wisdom and understanding only after they used what wisdom and understanding they had!

That is a lesson for us- if we want God to help us and give us wisdom, He expects us to making use of the wisdom that He has already given us.  Fearing Him, and in turn, obeying Him will  bring us the wisdom and understanding that we need!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love what you discovered as you considered this. 🙂 Use what we got and then we can get more. God bless you Ben, for using your teaching skills for Him!


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