What situation in your life needs God’s divine discernment?
But, is it just me or do you search for wisdom from a number of places, especially on the internet? “Just Google it.”
With a wealth of information at our fingertips, it’s easy to look for all the answers we need.
I’ve signed up for educational webinars on various subjects. Maybe you’ve watched online videos with step-by-step instructions for a home improvement project.
And there’s no shortage of how-to wisdom at our disposal. Perhaps we diagnose our health symptoms or discover the right medicines to take. Or we want tips for fixing a clogged sink or dealing with a difficult child.
Realizing Our Need for God’s Wisdom
In 1 Kings 3, Solomon realizes his need for wisdom. As king, he desires God’s how-to instructions and asked for a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong.
The Lord not only grants the request, God also promises Solomon a long life if he walks in obedience to His commands. When Solomon justly settles a dispute between two mothers each claiming a baby as her own, the people held him in awe. They saw that Solomon had wisdom from God. (1 Kings 3:28)
Solomon didn’t ask for a discerning mind, he asked for a discerning heart. We have a tendency to believe wisdom originates in our minds, the control center for learning. Yet we see in the Scripture that wisdom begins in the heart.
God wants us to ask for a wise heart. James 1:5 says, “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.” (NIV)
God’s Insight Guides Our Decisions
Solomon served God with an upright heart and showed his love for the Lord by following God’s instructions. When we ask for wisdom and meditate on Scripture, a discerning heart guides our decisions and steps.
Because we hear human opinions shouted on every street corner, they roll through the news feed on social media. Culture’s megaphone announces: “This is the right path, come this way. We have all the answers.”
So what if we learned to rely on God’s wisdom and not wisdom from the world? How can we put less confidence in our own insight and place more certainty in divine insight?
God’s how-to manual, the Bible, is a godly knowledge base at our disposal. The Holy Scriptures bring a wealth of spiritual knowledge to our fingertips.
God’s Wisdom Changes Our Heart
The direct effects of seeking God’s wisdom changes our heart. It relieves the pressure we put on ourselves to “get it right” by asking God for discernment between right and wrong.
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Consider these amazing truths about God:
- He formed the earth and the heavens.
- The Lord exists in all space.
- Information systems and digital space can’t contain God’s being.
- God’s wisdom has no boundaries.
- God never had to sign up for classes or webinars on running the universe or our lives.
So, how would our lives look different if we asked God for wisdom each day?
You see, walking in obedience to God’s commands is always for our good and His glory.
And the people around us will be in awe of the King of Kings.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, sometimes I forget the highest source of wisdom comes from You. I often seek insight from other resources without first consulting You. Your wisdom helps me walk in obedience to Your commands, discern between right and wrong and brings glory to Your name. Remind me how Your Word not only changes my heart but also directs my steps. And when I worship You in my heart, not just in my mind, I stop trying to figure out all the answers and rest in Your divine wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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