When I think of wisdom, better yet, the wisdom I have exhibited over the course of my life, I fall short. I recall many times in my past that I made unwise choices, then suffered the consequences. It doesn’t make me feel like a genius to recall those historical facts of my life, but I don’t mind recalling them because it shows me how far God has brought me when I sought Him and asked for His Wisdom.
This blog is one in a journey of a Getting to Know God series. The names and attributes of God are adapted from a guide on the Navigators website called 30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God. Today’s blog corresponds with Day 20, God is Wise.
This blog is two-thirds of the way through the Getting to Know God series. I have been enjoying focusing on God’s names and traits. It has been refreshing to focus on God and just how big He really is instead of focusing on my problems and how small they actually are in comparison. I hope you have been enjoying this series as well, let’s get to today.
Today our Navigators’ Guide says this: “God is wise. All God’s acts are accomplished through His infinite wisdom. He always acts for our good, which is to conform us to Christ. Our good and His glory are inextricably bound together.”
Our verses for the day are appropriately penned by the wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon.
Proverbs 3:19-20 (NLT)
By wisdom the Lord founded the earth;
by understanding he created the heavens.
By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth,
and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
Per the mention of Solomon above, I began to think about the wisdom of Solomon. He is touted as being the wisest man who ever lived. Do you know how he attained his wealth of wisdom? He asked God for it and God blessed him with it. Thinking about that makes me realize that we too, can ask God for His wisdom and He will freely give it to us. If you are feeling like you could use some wisdom, ask for it and then expect it to come.
Even though Solomon was blessed with such depth of wisdom from God he still strayed in his heart and as a result struggled at times in his walk with God. So, we can’t look strictly to wisdom to guide our hearts into God’s full truth. We need a close heart-relationship with Him so that when He gives us His wisdom we can fully trust the direction He is pointing us even if it doesn’t make sense to us on the surface. If we don’t have the close heart-relationship with Him we won’t trust Him enough to follow the wisdom He gives and we will stay, or fall back to, square one, repeatedly.
As it says above on our guide, God always has our good at the center of every movement He makes. It is hard for us to see God’s wisdom when we receive a “no” where we expected a “yes.” It is also hard to see God’s wisdom when we are struggling in any area of our lives, or for that matter, when we are watching our loved ones struggle in their lives. What we MUST stand on in any of those times is the absolute FACT that God is Wiser than we can EVER imagine and He has control of our lives and has our BEST in mind.
Walking in God’s wisdom became available to me when I asked Him for His Wisdom and when I began to truly seek Him out for a one on one (or better said one on three) relationship. It was only when I took the time to Be Still in His Presence and listen for His Voice that I began to feel, hear and understand His Wisdom as it applied to my life. There is no substitute for a one on one relationship. If you think you can get to God by sitting in a church service once a week, I am sorry to say, you are sorely mistaken. You must seek Him in stillness and He will meet you there. The wisdom comes when you take that time to seek God, daily. As you sit quietly and without distraction, He will come to you and give you the wisdom you seek.
Remember that God always has your best in mind. If you are in one of those struggling places right now, bring your heart to God, ask Him for wisdom with any decisions that you must make, then trust in the utter goodness of God to come through, regardless of how you feel at this exact moment. He will come through, I KNOW it!
Blessings and love,