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Give Me Your Wisdom Lord

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)

I used to think if a person had all the knowledge in the world they would by default be among the wisest, but this is not the case. I have seen many intelligent people who make very poor decisions—they know a lot of stuff, but they don’t seem to make good use of it. Knowledge is great to have, but there is a huge difference between “knowledge,” which is possessing facts and “wisdom,” which is the ability to apply those facts to one's life. For example, we might stockpile knowledge, but without wisdom, our knowledge is useless. We must learn how to live out what we know.

The Bible teaches us that Solomon was the wisest man in the world. So what made him so wise? Solomon received his wisdom from God, and he received it because he asked for it.

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” …behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 1 Kings 3:9, 12 (NKJV)

So how do we get this same type of wisdom that Solomon received? We ask God for it. We’re actually told this in James 1:5, which 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.

Another way to obtain this same type of wisdom is as we prayerfully read God’s Word daily. As we do this we will be given great wisdom to help us to live righteously, and to have God honoring relationships. 

Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Proverbs 8:10-11 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to make it a practice to start your day by spending some time in the Word. Try to incorporate the Proverbs daily, as there is one chapter for each day of the month. There is no greater treasure we should be pursuing.

STUDY QUESTION: According to James 1:5, how should we attain wisdom?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself knowing better in a situation and yet not making a “wise” choice?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make a commitment to prayerfully read God’s word. In addition to your daily reading, include one chapter of Proverbs. There are 31 so we can correspond one for each day of the month..  Let’s ask God to impart wisdom to us each day for making every decision. 

PRAYER: Father, give me Your wisdom liberally today so I might make the proper choices in each situation. Help me to have the strength to make these proper choices and not succumb to the flesh. In Jesus’ name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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