Sunday, January 11, 2009

On Asking God for Wisdom

There are times in life when the answers to what we are called to do, come easily. Other decisions are much more complex, and we must seek the Lord prayerfully, and carefully and earnestly for wisdom. This wisdom often looks different than that which the world supports. But it is the wisdom of God, as a lover of God, that we must seek.

And God will give. When I come up against these times, I need to remember some things about asking God for wisdom. This is what I have discovered in God's Word --

"...if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for sliver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand that fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2:1-5)

So, IF we -- accept, store up, turn our ear, apply our heart, call out, cry aloud, look, and search ...

"Then you will understand what is right and just and fair -- every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you ... " (Proverbs 2:9-12).

THEN, we -- will understand what is right and just and fair and have wisdom in our hearts. We will have knowledge that is pleasant to our soul and discretion that will protect us, along with understanding that will guard us and wisdom that will save us.

But, most importantly, in our searching and our finding, it is all BECAUSE of who the Lord is.

“For the Lord gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:6-8

Yes, BECAUSE, God is the giver of wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding, we can be confident that He holds the victory and is our Shield. He guards our course and He protects our way.

These are truths in God's Word that we can trust, and so as we begin a new week and come up against trials, let us seek God for the wisdom in the way that we are called to walk.

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