Saturday, 16 April 2011

Wisdom

Much is said in scripture about wisdom.  When I think of the women in my life who I have looked at and thought, 'I wish I were more like them',  they have all been women of wisdom.  They have been soft spoken (something I have never been), they normally are more mature (in age), they have an inner peace about them that they radiate.  None of them have perfect lives or perfect families.  They all seem to have had turmoil of some shape or form in their lives and have become the people they are because they went through their storms with the Lord.  Many women look up to them.  They always seem prepared to listen and council.  I am sure that they wake up with bad hair and have bad days like the rest of us.  But in general, they seem to be wise and peaceful.

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? 

In 1 Kings 3 v 5 - 15, it tells of the dream Solomon had where the Lord appeared to him and asked him what would he have, and He, the Lord, would give it to him.  Basically, Solomon said he wanted wisdom.  God was pleased with this so gave him as he asked but in v 13 - 14 it tells of how God said that He would give to Solomon that also for which he had not asked, both riches, honour and long life for as long as Solomon walks in His ways, keeps God's commandments and statutes.  I see 2 things of value here.  One is, asking for wisdom brings with it much reward and secondly, we need to walk with God following His word and will for us.  By following God and being obedient, God will impart His wisdom to us. 

If you would like to join me on this journey then feel free to say this prayer with me:  Lord, I come before You and acknowledge that You are my father.  You are the father of all wisdom and knowledge and I ask for wisdom, Your wisdom.  Not the wisdom of the world.  So I stand before you Lord and ask in faith, believing that You will impart Your wisdom to me and I thank You Lord for Your wisdom.  Your word is true and unchangable and I speak it out in faith. Amen

God bless
TKT

2 comments:

  1. Often that wisdom is not given like a gift, but something bestowed through trial and life's lesson's.
    I am thankful for those wise women in my life who counsel and bring peace.
    Great post once again.

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  2. TKT

    Thanks so much for the simple reminder of wisdom! As I age, I, too want to be one who ages gracefully with wisdom, leaving the foolishness of youth behind me. This is easy to do when I am bathed in the Lord, not so easy when I work in the flesh. I'm so thankful our God is always at work in us. Thanks for the reminder!

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