Timon and Pumbaa, two loveable characters from The Lion King. They were outcasts who had each other’s backs, which is expressed in the phrase ‘back me up Pumbaa’ when Timon and Pumbaa are singing “Hakuna matata” together. The only problem was, they reinforced this self-centred worldview of being ‘problem-free’.
Simba was destined to be King of Pride Rock. His upbringing was elite, it was royal because his father was the King. He had been privileged to certain things and his father passed on wisdom to him. In a scheme to ruin his destiny and steal his place as King – Simba’s Uncle Scar set him up and sold him a lie that made Simba run away.
Simba found himself in the company of Timon and Pumbaa and they taught him a new philosophy on life that went against the way he knew. He was being groomed to be a King, he was meant to rule with wisdom and care for others; but instead found himself only living for himself in a seemingly problem-free way of life.
If we are a part of God’s Kingdom, then we are privileged to a royal upbringing because our heavenly father is King.
Just like Simba’s Uncle Scar was scheming against his destiny with lies – we too have someone scheming against the destiny God has for us. The Bible teaches us in John 10:10 when Jesus says:
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Jesus’ purpose for us is to give us a rich and satisfying life – but we have to chose to live life his way, live life with Godly wisdom.
Have you ever asked a certain person’s opinion on something because you knew that they would support you and then avoided someone who you thought might try and persuade you otherwise?
Do we seek Godly wisdom in our lives or do we just want to be ‘wise in our own eyes’?
Our sinful nature wants to be wise in our own eyes. This was evident in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan. Eve wanted the wisdom the fruit would give her.
I would sum up Godly Wisdom as being Biblical convictions outworked in the way we live our lives and base our decisions on. It is through personal relationship with God and his Holy Spirit that teaches and equips us to realign our hearts and attitudes.
Godly wisdom is taught in the Bible and caught through relationship with God’s holy spirit.
Godly wisdom can seem so contrary to reason sometimes and it’s only when we apply his wisdom in faith that we can start to see the fruitfulness that it brings.
We are taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive, that if we want to be the greatest we have to be the least, that we need to enter the Kingdom of God like a child, that we only need faith as small as a mustard seed, to consider troubles an opportunity for great joy.
If we want Godly wisdom in our lives, we need to be intentional – because most often it is the opposite to what comes naturally.
1. Godly Wisdom sees opportunity when we naturally see trouble
2. Godly Wisdom chases the responsibility when we naturally chase the title and accolade
3. Godly Wisdom seeks wise counsel when we naturally want affirmation
James 1:5 says:
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.
We all need Godly wisdom and it’s only one prayer away!