More wisdom, please.
Hello blog readers,
It’s been a little over two weeks since I’ve written, and God happens to have spoken to me about the same thing: wisdom. It actually makes my heart for Him grow, because in the days following my last blog, I haven’t been acting wisely. I found myself allowing irritations with others to grow. In some instances it’s led to gossip. It’s also led to me keeping score of how many times people have offended me — which led to grudges and unforgiveness. I know, a mess. But God is so loving, and faithful – that He’s taken my area of weakness, and demonstrated His strength.
I had a really good conversation with a group of Christian leaders this evening. We shared a meal, and studied some material on leadership. During our discussion, I made a date with God. I silently prayed, telling Him I wanted to spend time alone with Him tonight, to elaborate on some of the things we touched on during our discussion. I came home and prayed, and ended up talking about things I didn’t expect to talk about with God. As I sat quietly, listening for His response, His Holy Spirit began speaking about wisdom. I wrote in my journal, as I sat in His peaceful presence. This is what was given:
“Wisdom is God’s gift to anyone who diligently and earnestly follows His Son. His gift of wisdom refreshes the spirit of the one receiving it. May God bless you with wisdom today. The gift of wisdom is better than wealth. It keeps better than foolish wisdom. There is a difference. This wisdom is better than man’s wisdom. It is better than interesting debate. It is kept in tact by the Holy Spirit, and distributed according to His Will. Favor is not wisdom. Wisdom is highly favored.
It is wisdom that brings out the best in you. Wisdom keeps you in line when you want to destroy friendships over emotional outbursts. Wisdom is in the waiting. Searching the Father’s heart through meditation of His Word is the way to wisdom. Searching God’s heart through worship is where we find wisdom. Wisdom is given in time, and over time. In time, meaning, it comes when needed. And over time, meaning, we receive what we need through seeking the heart of God, spending time daily in His presence, and searching the Word of God. His Holy Spirit reminds us of His faithfulness and commitment toward us.
The way we seek God reflects our heart for wisdom. If we ask for wisdom and never seek God, we ask in vain… for it is only God’s spirit who can impart Himself unto others. No one can speak for God. His hand is over every part of your life. If you believe this, you will be given life in union with authority, affection for God, and knowledge of fortunate intimacy with God. Amen.”
I’m so thankful that God is patient, and merciful, and forgiving. The importance of staying connected to Him is critical for every believer. I know when I need to spend more time in His presence. My attitude tells on me. My lack of empathy tells on me. My emotional outbursts tell on me. My lack of wisdom tells on me.
Lord, you are awesome and amazing. Thank you for nurturing me in a way that only you can. When I fail, you pick me up and show me how to do things your way. Your love is unfailing. Thank you for a wonderful date. The meal was amazing. Amen.
**Read Proverbs Chapters 8 and 9.**
Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”
Proverbs 9:10-12 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.