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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wisdom Thoughts

“God alone knows the way to Wisdom; he knows the exact place to find it. He knows where everything is on earth; he sees everything under heaven. After he commanded the winds to blow, and measured out the waters–arranged for the rain and set off explosions of thunder and lightning, he focused on Wisdom, made sure it was all set and tested and ready. Then he addressed the human race: ‘Here it is! Fear-of-the-Lord—that’s Wisdom, and Insight means shunning evil’” (Job 28:23-28, The Message). After His great creation, God focused on wisdom. At the tree of knowledge of good and evil, He gave man the freedom to choose. With the decision to explore its fruit, man opened the door to a knowledge God knew He could not handle. “Fear me, and respect me,” God said, “turn from evil”. This is where my wisdom will begin in your life.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). This fear is one of awe–of respect–of one that stirs obedience. This fear recognizes the power of God, and that He is in control. This is where wisdom begins. With knowledge of who God is, and how great is His power and love, comes understanding upon which faith grows.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” (James 1:5-8, NIV). I have not because I ask not (James 4:2). I have not because I haven’t sought (Matthew 7:7). If I doubt Him, why should I receive anything from Him? I will ask for wisdom in faith, believing that He shall give it.

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6, NIV). When God’s wisdom is sought then God’s truth is made known (Luke 6:33), but just because you know God’s truth doesn’t mean you will submit to it. Knowledge cannot become understanding until it is applied.

Revere God. Pray for His wisdom. Believe, and don’t doubt you will receive. Seek it in His Word. Apply it to your life. Submit to its guidance, and receive greater understanding upon which faith is anchored.

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