6th December 2016

The Wisdom Question? 

“For the Lord grants wisdom! His every word is a treasure of knowledge and understanding. He grants good sense to the godlyhis saints. He is their shield, protecting them and guarding their pathway. He shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time. For wisdom and truth will enter the very centre of your being, filling your life with joy.”
Proverbs 2:6-10 (TLB)

When we ask God for wisdom, what are we really asking for? Often we are asking for answers, for God to give us the solution to our problem of the moment. We are almost looking for a sign from God which shows us the right way to go, the right path to take. It’s a human approach to want to take the easiest path, to want the decision made for us so we don’t have to put in the effort of thinking it through.

It can be frightening to have to think about problems, weigh up the options and make a decision, especially when it often seems whichever way we go is a leap in the dark. How much easier to let God, who can see the best way forward for us in any situation, make the decision for us. It can also be humbling to have to ask others for advice, which is sometimes the path of wisdom, especially when we have really made up our mind and are looking for the decision we have reached to be approved or endorsed.

But God does not work that way. He wants willing followers who trust Him and do their best in the circumstances, not identikit followers who are more like slaves than children. So when we ask for wisdom, which we are promised if we ask (James 1:5), God gives us the capacity to work things out and make a decision. Take the example of Solomon in 1 Kings 3:16-28 where two women both claimed a child as their own. Solomon had to use wisdom to decide who was telling the truth. Just before this incident, in 1 Kings 3:7-12, Solomon had asked for wisdom and God answered his prayer.

So we need to understand that when we ask for wisdom, that is what we are given, not precise answers telling us what to do. God wants us to use that wisdom to make good decisions in our lives now, especially when our choices affect other people. Even more amazing is the fact that even if we make a wrong decision God, over time, can make it work out to our long term benefit, even if it causes us short or long-term pain (Romans 8:22-23, 28)

Our gracious Father, thank you for giving us wisdom to make the right decisions in our lives, help us to grow in wisdom and to have the humility to seek it in the counsel of others when appropriate. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Keith Hartrick


keithhartrickAbout the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

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Grace Communion – Leeds
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