God does not give wisdom to foolish people, He does not offer it to those who are filled with pride, to the stubborn, heard-hearted, stiff-necked individual. Not one person has or ever has had the wisdom that the Lord offers who is not saved, who is not called to a righteous, holy relationship with Him, it is only for His children. “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.” (Prov. 8:12)
There are some very smart people in this world, those with analytical minds, whose deductive reasoning skills are far beyond what is possessed by the normal human being, advertising incentives do not work on them, the pull of the world has little effect on them in what we will call the average, day-to-day grasp that the world has on most, yet they are not wise, they are smart. They possess deductive reasoning skills, they are able to retain and recall information at will, they can reason in both a linear and non-linear path, but they are not wise.
Those who have been blessed with the wisdom that the Lord offers have only been so because of the desire of the Lord to give it to them, it is not learned in any higher institution, it cannot be taught by the smartest people on the planet, and it does not only come from reading the Word of God. One must submit to His will, to the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives, you must be willing to serve to obtain it. “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” (Prov. 18:12)
Here is why those, saved or lost, will never obtain wisdom, if they harbor pride in their heart, if they begin to lift up themselves instead of living a life that glorifies God, if they begin to think higher of themselves than they should. (Romans 12:3) This is just a personal observation, but I do not believe that Satan possesses wisdom, I believe he has the most analytical mind, if you will, ever created, his memory is perfect, he can traverse any path, but he does not possess wisdom.
I would ask you to ponder something here that many may have missed, after our Lord was baptized, after the dove landed on His shoulder, (Luke 3:22) He was immediately driven into the wilderness to be tempted of Satan. (Luke 4:1-2) How did Satan know who He was? Jesus, as far as we have been told, had not performed any miracles as of yet, besides the incident when He was twelve years old, (Luke 2:41-50) all knowledge we have of Him is at best only conjecture, but Satan knew who He was. Why not tempt or attack that small child, why wait for thirty some years. Was it wisdom, or simply the ability to come to the right conclusion when all the facts were presented that brought our adversary to this conclusion, that here is the Messiah. An entire letter, or more in itself.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov. 1:7) That fear is reverential trust and a hatred of evil, those who are not saved are wicked, they are evil, they do not fear the Lord in this respect, and so they will never obtain wisdom.
Solomon did not ask for wisdom, he asked the Lord for a heart that could discern between good and evil, and not so that he would be smart, but for the people’s sake that he had been called to lead. (1 Kings 3:9) Any man who claims to be wise and keeps that wisdom for himself is not wise, but deceived, this gift is given to those who will give it to others for the glory of God, no one else will receive wisdom that does not have this first intent in their heart.
But there is an even greater gift that comes with it to the recipient, the knowledge of God. (Prov. 2:6) Here is how you know who is saved and who is not, those with wisdom, no matter how great or small of an amount that the Almighty has seen fit to bless them with, will share that wisdom with all they meet, and at the same time, for the same reason, they will share Christ with you, for He is wisdom.
The ability to discern between good and evil, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, a heart willing to submit to the will of the Holy Spirit, a man whose one desire is to glorify God. Here is wisdom.