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.
Sometimes, you don’t know what you don’t know. You know?
Before I knew Jesus, I did not know my way of life was “sinful.” I lived like the people around me: my friends and my family. They were good people, right?
When I asked Jesus into my heart, the Holy Spirit moved in and made me uncomfortable with some of my behaviors: “Oh my God!” turned into “Oh my gosh!” because I did not want to use God’s name without truly thinking of Him.
My friendships changed; they became more about fellowship than partying.
My thoughts changed; they became more eternal than immediate.
I did not have to ask for all that new wisdom. No one told me. I discovered it as I was wading through the Bible as a new believer. There was so much to learn!
Perhaps scripture has revealed wisdom in bits and pieces to you too. Maybe your behavior has changed in small or big ways as the Holy Spirit has made your life a vessel to hold wisdom from life’s lessons.
With wisdom, you eventually realize there are things you don’t know. Things like: how to transition from one stage of life to another; how to suffer a loss; how to compete and not achieve; how to win; how to celebrate responsibly; and how to comfort a grieving friend.
What do you do when you simply don’t know what to do? You ask God to show you.
Wisdom takes on many forms. Sometimes, wisdom is:
- Acknowledging that you know something God planted in your thoughts (Proverbs 2:10)
- Recognizing a rescue from evil people and words (Proverbs 2:12)
- Becoming more afraid of God than the opinions of others (Psalm 111:10)
- Learning how to choose the best advisors and confidants (Proverbs 12:15)
- Holding your tongue in a disagreement (Job 29:10)
- Listening for that still small voice, and doing what it says even when it seems weird (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Thought for the day: Psalm 90:12 says, “teach us to number our days so we can have a wise heart.” Let’s live the rest of our days seeking wisdom from God. When we get to the end of our days we get to look back on the lessons we learned. Did we spend days re-learning the same things? Did our heart grow wiser before it stopped beating? Did our hurts, hang-up, and habits get in our way of seeking wisdom?
Prayer: Thank You God that it is Your desire for us to gain wisdom and to seek You for answers. We are grateful that You don’t judge us for asking for help, but freely give us wisdom when we ask. Help us to number our days. Teach us to seek Your wisdom daily for answers so that our impact on the world is all that You designed for each one of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.