Tag Archive | godly wisdom

I Kings 3:12 ” I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

Solomon asked God for a discerning heart and the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong and God was pleased. (I Kings 3:9-10)  For Solomon wasn’t asking for the superficial or trivial,  or things that had no eternal significance…he was asking for wisdom.   I once worked with a Doctor who started calling me Prudence.  When I asked why, he stated it was how I conducted myself dealing with patients and that he appreciated my common sense and prudent approach.  When you ask God for wisdom,  understanding, discretion, and His Will in your life… He happily will oblige. (James 1:5)

I Kings 4:29 ” God gave Solomon wisdom and very good insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the sea shore.”

I once worked for a Doctor who gave me the nickname, Prudence…of which I was very happy with!  For I’d much rather be known for my good judgment rather than careless and unwise decisions.  All wisdom and abilities we have, find their source in God…and a reverent attitude towards Him is the start of all discernment and discretion…for all understanding resides in our hearts.

Job 5:17 “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”

I can still remember one of my Nursing Supervisors in college.  She would stand outside the patient’s room with you asking a million questions about the procedure you were about to carry out.  Did you have everything you needed and  were you well versed in what you were about to do.  But right before you both walked into the room she’d say, “I will only stop you if you are potentially going to hurt the patient.”  It was always said in a quiet, soft voice, but boy did it pack a wallop!  Luckily, she never said a word during any of my procedures, and I gained a wealth of  knowledge from that uncompromising woman.  The Lord is the same way, His discipline is to educate us, not hurt us.  It’s only when we reject and turn away from His correction that we suffer.

Proverbs 27:12 ” The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”

As human beings,  we have to learn some things  the hard way.  Growing up, we think of ourselves as invincible.  We take crazy chances.  We egg each other on…double dog daring…and sometimes paying for that  foolishness.  So as grown adults,  we should have gained some wisdom and good judgment  by now.  But how many people do we see that just haven’t learned that lesson?  Risky behaviors will eventually catch up with everyone…for no one is exempt.

Colossians 2:2-3 ” My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. “

Do you know Jesus?  No really, do you know Jesus?  For in that perfect comprehension of just who Jesus is and what He’s done for you,  comes the unveiling of hidden things.  In it we’re able to recognize and discern truth  from distorted truth.  In knowing Jesus,  comes the revelation of God’s wisdom…His divine insight and knowledge of  once concealed things.  I’ll ask you again, do you know Jesus?

James 2:17 ” In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. “

Prayer is good…action is good, but the Lord wants us to do both together in wisdom.  In Nehemiah 4: 8-9 it says, “They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.  But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to met this threat.”  Prayer will give you God’s vision.  It will give you courage and resolve to move out in discernment and a clearer understanding of the problem you face.  Prayer is good…action is good, but they need to go hand in hand to be the most effective.

Nehemiah 2:4 ” The King said to me, ‘What is it you want?’ Then I prayed to the God of heaven and I answered the King…”

King Artaxerxes asked Nehemiah what he wanted…but before he responded, Nehemiah prayed.  It could be called an “as we go” prayer.  This type of supplication doesn’t need to be long… just the length of a deep breath. It doesn’t need to be in depth…a simple “Give me wisdom,  Lord!” will suffice.  The Lord is with us always…His presence there in the middle of all situations…so why don’t we take a moment to seek His guidance before blurting out something we may later regret.