Wisdom

Everyday with God

Read Proverbs 2
'It is one of the often understated, definitively dark, and dangerous results of sin. What is it? Sin reduces all of us to fools. Sadly, we demonstrate that foolishness every day. We think we can spend what we want to satisfy our seemingly endless desires without getting into hopeless dept. We think that sex, food, and fun will satisfy the hunger of our hearts for contentment and life. We think we can rebel against authority and it will be all right in the end. We think we can be selfish and demanding in our relationships, and our loved ones will still want to be near us. We think we can pursue the pleasures of creation at any time and in any way we want and not get fat, addicted, and in debt. We think we deserve what we do not deserve and are able to do what we cannot do. Shockingly, there are more times than most of us recognize or would be willing to admit when we think we're smarter than God.
 
To sinners (and that includes us all), wisdom is not natural. It is one of humanity's most profoundly important quests. Perhaps there are few more significant questions than this: 'Where is wisdom to be found?' It is hard for us to gain wisdom by research or experience because they’re filtered and interpreted by our own foolish hearts. It is here where the Bible greets us with a radical counterintuitive message. You can't buy wisdom. You can't get it by hard work or lots of experience. No, wisdom is the result of rescue and relationship. To be wise, you first need to be rescued from you. You need to be given a new heart- one that is needy, humble, seeking, and brought into a relationship with the One who is wisdom'.*
 
This is the best news ever! The One who is wisdom guides us, protects us, teaches us, encourages us, and even changes our thoughts and desires. Today, we will need wisdom. Reach out for help with a thankful heart.
 
Questions for reflection:
 
+ Consider the connection between wisdom and humility.
+ Where have you looked for wisdom in the past? Through knowledge, relationships, employment?
+ Today, be intentional and ask God for wisdom.
 
*New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.                                                        
365 devotional readings with a compelling gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. Focused less on behavior modification and more on helping people encounter the living God, this resource equips readers with the good news that they need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.
 
Available on Amazon and also in the NorthPoint bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-1-4335-4138-4
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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