Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 13, 2013
“Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” Hosea 14:9
Wise living keeps the realization and understanding of God in the vortex of your thinking. God awareness is a centerpiece. “What would Jesus do?” becomes a way of life. His desires, His motivations, His thoughts, and His character become paramount in your thinking. This leads to wise living because it is based on Christ-like living. God’s ways are the path to wisdom. The wisdom of God is unfathomable. But He is willing to share it. In fact, His preference is to shower His children with raindrops of wisdom. He delights in imparting His game plan for living.
However, it takes a regular realization on our part for the wisdom of God to penetrate our thinking. We must become people of the book. Joshua said it best: “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).
Wise living includes the ability to discern right from wrong and good from best. Use the Bible as your guide for wise recommendations. Your ability to discern will grow as you mature in the faith. You may be a pretty good judge of character, but God wants to grow you in this area. Your discernment is a gift to your husband for protection against unwise decision-making (I Corinthians 2:14). He may not appreciate this yet, but if he is wise, he will. Therefore, present your insights with grace and humility. By faith, extract your overly aggressive emotion and replace it with a prayerful appeal. Hold your suggestions with an open hand, trusting God to work on your husband in His timing. He is accountable to God. Sweet relief. You don’t have to change him, but God can.
What God changes stays changed. What you change has a tendency to revert to its old way of doing things. You see what needs to be done as clearly as the nose on your face. Be patient. Let your husband fail. Plant seeds, pray, and watch the Holy Spirit turn the heart of your husband toward the right direction. It is not about you convincing him. Rather, it is all about the Spirit of God convincing him. If he is wise, he will seek your discernment (Proverbs 18:15). He may have to fall on his face first. Use your discernment as a steady-handed and skilled surgeon would a sharp scalpel. Avoid bludgeoning him with your accurate insights. The right timing, tone, and transparency are terrifically effective.
Wise is the husband or wife who listens to their spouse. Therefore, be humble and teachable. Understanding and discernment will follow. This is wise living.
Taken from the January 13th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God” vol. 1… … http://bit.ly/Tv6y9a
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