A HEARING HEART (WISDOM)
Defining Your Noble Character
ALL OUR WAYS ARE BEFORE THE EYES OF THE LORD. (Proverbs 5:21)
Wisdom and strength are given to those who seek the Lord. We who are chosen by God, forgiven and equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. Although we have limitations, Christ has none. We are therefore a new creation in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Let us take refuge in His mighty Word and wait upon the Lord with a hearing heart of wisdom.
A Hearing Heart
Have you ever been overwhelmed in the middle of what should be a peaceful and calm situation? Say…preparing for the Holiday season or teaching a child to read or getting to church on time without anyone grumbling on the car ride there?
I find great joy in preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am usually prepared early for the Holidays. By this time I would have been reading Advent devotions, making gifts and crafts, decorating and of course making as many candies and cookies as I possibly could. But this year is a bit different. Not sure what happened but I am finding myself moving at a snail’s pace (anyone else?).
Maybe I needed a little push or maybe I just needed to hear from a friend like this;
One of my dear sisters-in-Christ has been dealing with some outrageous health issues. She recently shared how she would normally prepare and plan ahead for the holiday seasons. She would prepare this Advent time by going to church often, making crafts, baking, decorating, hosting dinners and so much more. With all these preparations she would make sure that the true reason for the season would be remembered, Jesus’ birth. But this year is different do to her health; she expressed how she’s okay with taking a backseat and seeing maybe for the first time all these preparations unfold before her eyes all without her lifting a finger. And you know what? She has peace this Christmas season. As she humbly steps back to observe the preparations come to pass, she allows her family to bless her by continuing to make this Christmas season a most meaningful time of year. What a blessing! What a blessing to me and to you to know that no matter what we face in life, God’s mercies are new every morning and nothing can take our joy away when we are in Christ Jesus.
Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom
Solomon, who was the son of King David, was given permission to ask God for whatever he wanted. Out of all the worldly treasures and desires by man, Solomon chose to ask God for wisdom. (1 King 3:3-15) Now, because of his request God blessed him not only with a hearing heart of wisdom but with an abundant life. (1 King 2-10) You and I will forever be blessed because of this man’s wisdom from God. The Proverbs are a direct outcome of this wisdom. This wisdom is for you, for me and for our children. Solomon could have been selfish with his request and have his blessing die with him, but because of God’s great love and power Solomon was bold enough to ask the almighty God for the one thing that will remain with His people forever. The ability to fear and love God (in these ways comes from him who gives wisdom). (Pr.1:7,2:6)
The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6)
- How are you able to fulfill the challenges you face?
- Where do you seek righteousness and wisdom?
- What does your character have to do with training up others?
O Lord God, do not forsake me in my life of service, lest I bring it all to ruin. May Your Word, my constant companion, give me strength and wisdom. In Jesus name, Amen.