Our own opinion is exactly that: Our opinion! Whether it depends on truth is determined by our relationship with the Lord.
2 A person may think their own ways are right,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
Since our reality can be based upon lies and deception, we must find a stable source of reality. For that, we go to the Bible. The truths of the Bible were either written or inspired to be written by God Himself:
18 When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God. Exodus 31:18
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
Not trusting our own opinion is one of the hardest things we do. It comes down to faith.
- Do we truly believe that God created the heavens and the earth?
- Do we believe that mankind has a sin problem and an enemy that wants to see us fail?
- Do we believe that Jesus came to free us from the bonds of sin and death?
- Do we believe that He (by way of His Spirit) will come and live with us until it’s time for us to go to heaven to be with Him in person?
- Do we believe that He wants to lead us through this life with as few regrets as possible?
If so, then the only possible way for us to believe these truths is for the Holy Spirit to reveal them to us. All of the above questions are based upon Scripture. If we answer “yes” to them, then we believe the Bible.
The revelation of His truths to us is included in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. He was telling them about how he prayed for them:
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of [or, spiritual] wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Paul kept asking, which means that he was constantly praying for them. If so, then we can conclude that he was asking for them to constantly be given wisdom and revelation, which could only come from an intimate walk with the Lord. I love his reason: that they may know the Lord better.
My own interpretation of wisdom and revelation is this:
Wisdom– that which we learn from reading God’s Word and applying it even as we consult Him for direction.
Revelation– that which comes directly from the Spirit concerning what we read, what we see, what we think, and what we perceive. He opens our minds to spiritual concepts, future events, and insights (even of ourselves).
May we avail ourselves to His wisdom and revelation all day today as we walk with Him. May we begin by reading His Word!
Abba, I pray for those who read this Proverbs lesson this morning that You would, indeed, give them spiritual wisdom and revelation. Open up their minds and hearts to Your truth. May the eyes of their heart be enlightened in order that they may know Your hope, riches and glorious power, O Lord. Teach us; we are Your willing servants. Amen.