“Wisdom is available to humble and teachable hearts, who trust in and love the Lord.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 28, 2022
If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking. James 1:5, VOICE
Without wisdom there is no authentic living. Without wisdom there is no fear of the Lord and obedience to His commands. Without wisdom there is foolish decision-making. Without wisdom there is relational conflict. Without wisdom there is unfulfilled financial opportunity. Without wisdom cultures crumble, churches implode, families divide and individuals suffer.
Without wisdom a soul shrivels, a heart aches, a mind is confused and a life yearns for more.
There is a poverty of wisdom in the world that groans for God’s generous wisdom for life’s journey. Wisdom is available to humble and teachable hearts, who trust in and love the Lord.
James addresses this poverty of wisdom, “if you lack,” accesses an unlimited resource that only involves asking. And for a proud, independent, self-reliant heart…asking is anathema! Yet, James the brother of Jesus (God in the flesh), who modeled wise living, reminds his readers of the loving, generous heart of the Lord. He lavishly gives wisdom to those who ask, never scolding, only affirming His beloved with affirmation for approaching with a humble, teachable heart. Notice the promise…and God will grant all you need. He gives according to your needs.
“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning” (Daniel 2:21).
Each season of life has its own unique set of needs. If you are honest and aware, you will lack wisdom as you transition into and experience the next season. Empty nester wisdom looks different than the first 5-10 years of marriage and parenting. New skill sets are necessary to become the best version of yourself, as you enjoy new life experiences. Leadership wisdom in a new role at work, looks different than learning about business and leadership in school. Spending time with a seasoned leader in your field is a wise investment for gaining a heart of wisdom. Not if, but because you lack wisdom, spend time with wise people and daily invest time in God’s Word.
Scripture is the gold standard in learning and applying wisdom. As you abide in Christ, His love, His joy and His word, you engage in the presence of the Lord’s wisdom. The depth of your intimacy with the Father, Son and Spirit elevates your understanding in the manifold wisdom of God. Spurgeon gives riveting attention to the gospel, the highest of all sciences finds wisdom in Christ, “Christ is the wisdom of God. If thou wouldst but investigate the subject, thou wouldst find in it profoundness of wisdom-a depth where the most gigantic intellect might be drowned. It is no shallow gospel, but a deep, and a great deep too, a deep which passes understanding. Thine objection is ill-founded; for Christ is the wisdom of God, and his gospel is the highest of all sciences. If thou wishes to find wisdom, thou must find it in the word of revelation.”
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:10-11).
Heavenly Father, grow my heart of wisdom to discern right from wrong and good from best, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.
Who can I learn from to love well in this season of life?
John Michael Talbot: Wisdom
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