I'm getting old. Last night I asked my husband if he liked his lunch, and he said he did. Then I told him that I didn't know whether I would make him another salad or just a sandwich for tomorrow's lunch...Well, the poor man had neither, because I forgot to pack him a lunch last night before I went to bed!
Having said that, I am now going to attempt to write about wisdom!
It only goes to prove the truth of the scripture which says He uses the foolish things (me) of this world to confound the wise (worldly).
There are so many things I should pray for. Definately I should always pray for whomever asks me to. But when it comes to praying for myself, well I could surely make a long list. But what if God were to look into my heart (and he does), what does he see? What are the 'desires of my heart'? Is it financial freedom, better health, better relationships? I'm sure those are all there, but what is my heart's cry?
... But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
1 Kings 3 (Solomon asks for wisdom)
The Pursuit of Wisdom Brings Security
1My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
2Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
3For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
4If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5Then you will discern the fear of the LORD
And discover the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
9Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.
10For wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11Discretion will guard you,
Understanding will watch over you,
12To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things;
13From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14Who delight in doing evil
And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
15Whose paths are crooked,
And who are devious in their ways; Proverbs 2:1-15
Sometimes I find myself lacking in Godly wisdom concerning certain things. I could use the excuse that I must not have been endowed with enough wisdom, perhaps because I am not righteous enough, or smart enough?
But what does God's word say about OUR righteousness...
No, It is not by our own righteousness that we recieve Godly wisdom, or any other spiritual gift from the Father:
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
We are sanctified and justified through the perfect righteousness of Jesus.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
So any believer can and should ask God for wisdom, He promises to give freely to ALL who ask, without doubting whether or not God will give.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (Matthew 21:22)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14-15)
...yet ye have not, because ye ask not. (James 4:22)
We mustn't confuse worldly wisdom with the wisdom that comes from God, for surely not every clever or intelligent person is wise, nor does one need to be overly intelligent or clever in order to have Godly wisdom! (Thankfully)
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness"; (1 Cor. 3:19)
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (1Cor.1:27)
For, "Who can know the LORD's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?" But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:16 )
So, If we are to believe what Holy Scripture says; Any believer who is seeking godly wisdom, who wants to have the mind of Christ for spiritual knowledge and understanding of scripture, Need only ASK and believe. God has already installed His Holy Spirit within us to help us to learn and understand the things of God.
I may forget to pack a lunch or mess up my checkbook every once in awhile, or put bleach into a load of laundry instead of detergent, or forget to turn off the hose and flood my garden, or pick up the cell phone to turn the channel on the TV, or .......well, you get the idea;
yet God still chooses to use me, and I am always amazed when he does! But sometimes I forget to ask for godly wisdom, and that is worse than forgetting to pack a lunch or turn off the garden hose, because it is God's will that we have the understanding of His Word and His will. Especially as we see the last days approaching, we must remain sober and alert, always learning of Him and praising Him, and always asking Him for More, because He is always willing to give us more wisdom, more peace,
more: ___________ (fill in the blank).
So what are you waiting for? Ask God for the desires of your heart today.
Then believe Him when He says He will give it freely to you.