The wisdom of the Scriptures appeals to the simple minded, it draws the heart away from self, and towards Him who created it. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7)
All the wisdom of the world cannot compare to a simple verse of the Word of God, there is no comparison, this is why those who are wise in the wisdom of the world will not be entering into the kingdom, (1 Cor. 6:9) at least not many of them, they believe the response and answer to life is found in a body of death, (Romans 7:24) and what Paul cried aloud to be set free from is what every born-again believer seeks after, He who is the holder of wisdom.
Far too many who profess Christ are trapped in this world, the pursuit of life within it, instead of life in Christ, they can discuss all that is happening around and in them, and much of what is occurring at this present time, but they have little knowledge beyond a few of the accounts in the Scriptures of our Lord, and so most of these are satisfied, content to remain simple. Do not misjudge them, they do not strive to be holy, righteous and separated for His glory, this life, the continuation of it, the pursuit of the things in it, is their main concern, Christ for them is an added extra, a security blanket, if you will, not a Risen Savior.
The wisest man who ever lived was simple minded, all of us are in comparison to the Lord, he spoke and wrote as he was led to, the words in the Scriptures are not his anymore than those letters we say are from Paul, or Mark or James, these are the words of God, who led men to pen them for us. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16) Why then these men, was Paul closer to the Lord, was he more desirous to serve, was Solomon blessed with wisdom because he asked for a heart that could discern between good and evil, (1 Kings 3:9) why are some used for little and others for much? Why does the Lord bless some with an abundance of His wisdom, and others can barely catch a glimmer of it, why do so many stay “simple minded?”
There is a balance that I do not believe anyone can comprehend here, that balance between free will and the Sovereignty of God. “Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.” (Romans 9:18) We may have a true, heartfelt desire to reach millions, but our lives may show little fruit, and what shall we say then, what shall we blame this lack of the winning of souls to Christ on, what is it that holds us back?
All of us know of the sins in our lives, we know that all of them at the cross were removed, we do not desire to continue in them, but the word is clear, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” (Prov. 24:16) And so what is it that hinders wisdom from entering into us like a flood over dry ground, why do we remain simple in the majority of our walk here on this earth. The accumulation of knowledge does not make one wise, the ability to retain and recall verses of the Scriptures does not mean we have wisdom, the application of the knowledge in a way that glorifies God is the beginning of the path of wisdom only, even the contemplative man will tell you there is more, there is always more, and he realizes that he will never find all of God.
Proverbs 8 starts with this verse, “Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?” (8:1) The word uses the feminine pronoun for what is offered to man, the chapter ends with Christ speaking, “But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” (8:36) One cannot delineate from verse 22, where the Lord Jesus begins to speak, from the rest of the chapter, nor from any part of the Scriptures, “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:17)
We have a book that was written by God Himself, it is the only one that He has ever written, and from it we can, and must, gain insight into who He is, what He desires from us, and in fact, who we are to be in His eyes. He offers us wisdom, but how much is not up to us, it is His to offer, not ours to demand.
The amount of wisdom that we might desire is not always in relation to the amount we receive, and here is the patience of the saints. (Rev. 14:12) Moses was placed in the cleft of the rock, (Exo. 33:22) we will see God, (1 John 3:2) David was called a man after God’s heart, (1 Sam. 13:14) we are covered by the blood of Christ, (Eph. 1:7) Abraham was called the friend of God, (James 2:23) “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:15) Wisdom is offered to all, but it does not belong to us, the Lord will give as much or as little as He desires to all who ask, (James 1:5) He places no stipulations upon it, we cannot demand what does not belong to us, we can only ask for more, and the wisdom to use His wisdom properly for His glory.