The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation
Written By: Bishop Garfield Thomas (G.T.) Haywood
Published by: The Voice In The Wilderness (Vol. 2. - No. 13 -1922)
Let us turn to the second chapter of Daniel. I am convinced that there are some things of very great importance of hidden Christ for us. I can not believe God is bringing out things today merely to lie waste. I believe He is bringing them out to be used in the future. Someday, I believe, God is going to develop an ability in the people, who hear them, to tell them to others. These things grow in you as they become part of your life. You do not have to trouble yourself about your breathing, for it is a part of your very life. And you do not have to tell your feet to go right or left, because a part of your being. So it is with the things of God when they become a part of your life.
Some people learn more quickly than others, because they make their study a part of themselves. If you see a good artist, you will see a man who has paints whole life in the work. He paints his soul out upon the canvas. If your whole heart and soul is in the Word, God will see to it that you let it become part of your life. Then your thoughts will be on the Word of God, and you will be able to quote whole chapters without thinking, because it is part of you.
Taking this second chapter of Daniel, I want to show you a comparison here. We might begin with the 19th verse, saying, “Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.” Paul declares that “the less is blessed of the better.” how then can Daniel bless the God of heaven? Here is the better being blessed of the less. “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and might are his” (verse 20). Now just prior to this, the vision of King Nebuchadnezzar had caused him much anxiety. All the wise men of Babylon failed to tell the king his dream, which he had dreamed; and neither could they give the interpretation thereof. I want you to notice that these wise men were connected with world power and sat in king’s courts. But God had some “princes” in Babylon which were not so. It is better to be a servant of God in bondage than to be worldly wise and sitting in a king’s court. :And He changed the times and the seasons; He removeth kings and setteth up kings; He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding; He revealed the deep and secret things; he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him.” (Verses 21 and 22.) These men in Babylon were called “wise” men, but he is a “wise” man who fears God! Let us take Jeremiah, 9:23-24 - “Thus saith the Lord, ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understand and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exerciseth loving kindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”
Now I want you to note there is nothing left for us to glory in apart from God, and there is nothing in this world like knowing the Lord, who is the center and source of all things. The world was “wise” and it is yet; but there has never been a vision given by the world’s wisdom that would deliver the human soul, remove remorse away and give a new heart. Nothing but the power of God - can transform the life.
1 Corinthians 1:19 declares, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world, by wisdom, knew not God; it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” Now, since we have found our savior we have need of some of these things which will cause the people of God to keep balance while in this life. The thing that is lacking is wisdom and knowledge. No man can lead another until he has first caught up with him. Then, and only then, can he lead him. We can never lead another person into the Spirit-filled life, until we have proven to them that we have as much as they have, and even more. We may have the Spirit, and they have knowledge, but we must display true wisdom and knowledge together with our spiritual experience if we desire to convince others that we have what they need. Knowledge is to know a thing, while wisdom is the handling of knowledge with discretion. It is ours for the asking. James 1:5; Psalms 51:6; Isaiah 11:2, 3: We have the principal thing, and that is the Spirit of God.
God gives wisdom to the “wise” and knowledge to them that know “understanding.” O, how we should hate evil! It blinds you and stops up your ears, defiles your heart and brings fear upon you. A beautiful passage is found id found in job 28:28 - “And unto man he said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” With whom are God’s secrets? “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and he will show them his covenant.” Psalms 25:14. Those are the “wise” people; they that fear him. Could God keep from putting His secrets in the midst of them that fear him? No; for God cannot lie. Titus 1:2. You know if you get these things fixed in your heart (Psalms 119:11) you can not lie either. Hebrews 6:18 says, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for god to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.”
Nebuchadnezzar’s big image was nothing but a lifeless thing. It was only of gold and silver and brass, etc. Such is the picture of the course of the world, indeed. You know we are short-sighted and can not see afar off? “What is the use of doing this?” is the murmur of some. God was looking far down the line. There is the thing that hinders us. We are always looking at our own imperfections instead of looking straight to Jesus, until He brings us all out. If our vision gets large, we will understand God’s purposes and come out on top after while. The standard will be lifted up. I am sure that it is now time for God to begin giving His people knowledge. I say unto you, ask and it shall be given. As we search the scriptures see to it that you do so for the glory of God and His word will be revealed in wisdom and understanding.