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" Do not worry about anything! Instead PRAY about EVERYTHING! Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His PEACE will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus"

                                                 Philippians 4:6-7

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A Thought for You

For the LORD grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6 NLT

 

The Cambridge Dictionary explains wisdom is, “ the ability to make good judgments based on what you have learned from your experience, or the knowledge and understanding that gives you this ability”. Unfortunately, far too many of us base our decisions upon what we have learned in life. Proverbs 2:6 tells us that the LORD grants wisdom. While there is certainly beneficial human wisdom to be gained by life experience, godly wisdom has only a single source.

 

As we saw last week, Proverbs 9:10 explains the “fear of the Lord” is a foundation of godly wisdom. My wife enjoys discussing the landscape and architecture of homes as we walk and drive past them. She can articulate when various flowers bloom, the numerous types of bushes and shrubs, and how certain plants accent one another. Likewise, her appreciation for well-cared for homes leads me to believe she could be a wonderful interior decorator. Her “eye” for these things is quite detailed. However, in twenty-eight years of marriage, I have never heard her mention a “beautiful” foundation. Yet, without a proper foundation, particularly in the Northeast or other regions that have severe weather, the most beautiful home would collapse in short order.

 

We too need a proper spiritual foundation. Understanding our knowledge is limited, but, the Lord’s is not is a gateway to receiving His wisdom. But, a foundation is not enough. We must build upon that and our sole responsibility could be summarized in one word, SEEK. The Bible does not record God as one who randomly places wisdom on the unsuspecting. Proverbs 2:4 explains, search for wisdom and understanding as you would hidden treasure. We have a “treasure map” and anyone can receive the jewel of wisdom. There is not a battle or race for a single treasure chest; God’s wisdom is limitless and is found in the Bible. If we want His wisdom reading and studying the Bible is essential.  

 

Later in Proverbs chapter 2 verse 10 we find the words, “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul (NIV)”. As we accept that our knowledge is limited, humbly recognize the LORD's omniscience (the fact that He knows everything), ask for His wisdom; and seek wisdom through the Bible, it becomes part of our lives. Further, knowledge will fill us with joy or as the Hebrew teaches, knowledge will be “agreeable” to us. One might suggest the inner turmoil over what is the proper decision to make will pass from confusion to God’s peace. Let us become people who seek wisdom relentlessly.

 

Heavenly Father, we recognize that often our hearts pull us in directions that are not Your best and at times are quite destructive. Help us to search for wisdom will all our internal strength. Let us make finding Your wisdom a priority by reading the Bible, setting aside our opinions, and accepting and following Your Word as true regardless how difficult that may be. In the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.