Unwrapping The Gifts–God’s Wisdom

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  

         What career should I choose? I s that the right person for me to marry?  Where should I live?  Should I take that new job?  Should we have another baby? Each of you could probably add dozens more questions to the list.

          God has the answers to our problems and our struggles but the question is how do we find those answers. If you are like me, you struggle to know and understand the will of God. I am always amazed  when I hear some of those TV preachers talk about knowing the will of God as if He told them right aloud .They seem so sure and so positive about exactly what God is telling them to do.

          Not me. I struggle. I worry. I get anxious. I second guess myself.  Then I criticize myself for not being spiritual enough and holy enough to understand and to hear God’s voice.  It can be a vicious cycle.

          As an educator, we hear about, talk about, strive for the principle of “best practice.” Best practice can be defined as strategies, tactics, or activities that have reliably led to the desired results over time.  In other words, it is the most efficient and effective way of accomplishing a task.

          God’s wisdom is best practice for living a successful life.

James 3:17

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  

          God is our heavenly father and just as any loving parent would, He wants to help us avoid the pitfalls and bumps on our earthly journey. Life is hard enough as it is but we often make it even harder by making choices and decisions that are, well, just plain dumb and then we have to suffer the consequences of those bad choices.

          Imagine, how much better you would be at making good decisions if you could access God’s wisdom and guidance and the good news is that you can. 

Proverbs 3:6

 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

     Want more of God’s wisdom? Here are a few things you can do.   

       Start by obeying what you already know God has commanded.  The Bible is filled with wisdom on what we should and should not do. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. The Bible is filled with God’s wisdom to help us make better choices.

Psalm. 32:8

 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

 Ask for God’s wisdom and guidance.  Pray about your situation. There are answers to our problems and our struggles but we must search for them.  God doesn’t want us to be passive in our life.  He wants to give us grace, power, wisdom and guidance but we must take an active part in the process and one of the first steps should always be to go to God.

James. 1:58

If any one lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to everyone generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him

     Go to God’s resources.The first step is to go to God, but don’t ignore the resources God has provided. The Bible is the first and best resource.  It does have all the answers.  The Bible is God’s message to us.  It is His way to give us guidance and wisdom forever. Use it!

Psalm.119:105

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

The Bible is certainly the best of God’s resources but it is not the only resource. He knows that each of us learn differently and have different needs.  Another great resource is other Christians. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask others for guidance or advice

 

Just do it!  You’ve prayed about it, you’ve read the Bible for answers, you’ve asked other Christians that you respect about it, you’ve meditated about it and you believe you know what God wants you to do but you’re just not sure.

There are many situations where you will never be completely 100% sure but sooner or later, you’ve got to take the plunge and just do it!  Don’t spend all your energy, time, and angst trying to be positively absolutely, completely sure.  Just do it because God promises to work it out for your good.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  

So, we are on our way to unwrapping a few of the amazing gifts God gives to his children. I hope you’re enjoying this series because we’ve got a few more to learn about in the coming days.

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