Thursday, April 14, 2011

Benefits of Wisdom

Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.  Cry out for insight and understanding.  Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.  (Proverbs 2:2-4)

   The writer of Proverbs saw wsidom as a treasure worth seeking.  Every day we face decisions, choices, and judgments that require wisdom.  How many times have you wondered, What should I do, where should I go, how should I proceed?  The way to go looks gray and overcast, and we would prefer it be black and white.

   Solomon says, "The Lord grants wisdom!  From his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly.  He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity."  (Proverbs 2:6-7)

   How do we receive this promise so aptly stated?  James, in his epistle, gives the answer -- we must ask for it.  "If you need wisdom -- if you want to know what God wants you to do -- ask him, and he will gladly tell you.  He will not resent your asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind."  (James 1:5-6).

   Do you need wisdom?  Are you facing a crossroads and don't know which way to turn?  Pour out to God your lack of understanding, your confusion, your fears and doubts.  Admit to him that you don't know what to do or which way to turn.  Then, in faith, believing, ask him for wisdom to make the proper faith choices.  Claim his promise that "God grants wisdom!"

   Write down five needs that require God's wisdom.  Take them one by one to him and ask for wisdom.  Then thank God for listening to you, and wait expectantly for the answer.

Thought for the Day: God gives wisdom to those who ask him by faith.


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