Today I am sharing something that I wrote about a year ago on another blog that I started and ended up just merging with this one. These principles have had a big impact on my life and I pray these words bless you today:
In my effort to be what I am called to be and to trust that God knows best, I have come back to simply seeking wisdom. Proverbs talks about wisdom being a great treasure worth pursuing and James 1:5-7 says:
"If you need wisdom -- if you want to know what God wants you to do -- ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord."
There you have it. If I ask, expecting to receive it, I will be given wisdom. Done and done. If I don't know how to handle a problem with my kids, I ask for wisdom. If I don't know how to organize my day, I ask for wisdom. If I don't know the next step to take in life, I ask for wisdom. How loving must God be to "gladly" tell you what He wants you to do? Is anyone more wise than Him? Could there ever possibly be a better answer than the one He would give?
So why don't we practice asking God for wisdom more? Could it possibly be that we have believed a lie that God doesn't care about our circumstances? That He is concerned with the big stuff but not the small details in our lives? If we don't believe that He really cares about us and every aspect of our lives do we really believe Him and His Word? Psalms 37:23 says "The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives." (NLT) Every detail means all of it! Even what we may have deemed unimportant to Him. With that knowledge we should be quick to sit at His feet seeking wisdom for all of the details. The things that trouble us day in and day out are not too hard for Him to fix. They are not outside of His knowing. All wisdom comes from God and if we have understanding or wisdom about anything it is because He has revealed it to us.
I was reading in Acts one day a couple months ago where Stephen shares the story of Christian History leading up to Christ in a very condensed way. Something new stood out to me this day though because God had already been stirring in my heart this new desire for seeking wisdom and a new understanding of the importance of it. Acts 7:10 has a sentence right in the middle of it talking about Joseph (coat of many colors Joseph) where it says "God also gave Joseph unusual wisdom."
"Unusual wisdom?" I want that! Can you imagine if there were more Christians in this world walking around with unusual wisdom from God? How much more effective would we be in every aspect of our lives from the every day stuff to the once in a lifetime stuff? My prayer has become "Lord, would you give me unusual wisdom?" I am asking for wisdom anyway but unusual wisdom would be really great!
My belief is that Joseph had unusual wisdom because he was faithful to God, even in trials. He endured, trusting God all the way through.
Let us pursue that kind of wisdom. It is beyond just doing what other smart people suggest. Let us seek wisdom that allows us to become all that we are meant to be. Let us be faithful in little so that we will be given much, unusual, wisdom.
I would encourage you to read Proverbs 2 and really ask God to show you how important His wisdom is to you and your walk with Him. I'll leave you with Proverbs 2:9 to think over. Speaking about wisdom and understanding it says: "Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time." What a promise!