Saturday, 16 April 2011
I also have friends my age and younger who I know to have had some hard times in their lives and I am awed by how they have handled all they have been dealt. I reckon they are potentially those wise women of the future.
So, I ask myself, 'What can I do to be like that?' First step is to see what scripture says. James 1 v 5 - 6 says: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
This tells me that I am to ask God for wisdom, but not to ask unless I ask in faith, believing that God will give me wisdom because otherwise I will be asking and it will come to nothing. What else do I know about wisdom? I know that Proverbs is recognized as a book of wisdom. Written mostly by Solomon who was considered the wisest man on all the earth. So, I am going to come before the Lord, and I am going to ask Him for wisdom because I know I lack wisdom. As I go through Proverbs from beginning to end, I will journal the things I learn and I hope that they will be as insightful and uplifting to you as I know in faith they will be for me.
It says in Proverbs 1 v 7: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (wisdom and instruction). I have never understood that fully but think it means that in respecting and loving the Lord and being aware of, in awe of, and acknowledging His power, His omnipotence, His rulership and creatorship over us with humility, and being aware of His grace and mercy for us despite our humanity, He will begin to release to us His wisdom and knowledge. I believe that in seeking God's wisdom, a by product of that is inner peace. Because how can one not have inner peace when your spirit and mind are infused with the things of the Lord?