Wednesday, May 10, 2017
“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.” Proverbs 3:13-15
Yesterday, we learned that that it wisdom is absolutely necessary for any person who desires to live a fulfilled, God-honoring, abundant life and be a blessing to others. If we lack wisdom, we lack what is needed to make sound and right judgments and the decisions that are in line with God’s word and will for our lives and those in our spheres of influence.
The good news is that wisdom is ours for the having! All we have to do is ask for it. James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
God desires that His children be wise. So, if we ask the Lord for wisdom, He will give it to us.
So, how exactly does God give us wisdom? Well, there are two main ways that the Lord gives wisdom to those who ask for it: through Instruction and Devotion. Today, we will look at Devotion.
Wisdom is for the person who sees its value and therefore diligently seeks it. Proverbs 8:17 tells us, “I [wisdom] love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” Those who seek for wisdom will find it. This means they see wisdom as important enough to invest their time, energy and resources into obtaining it.
The interesting thing about wisdom is this… it comes to those who actually want it. Because it is so precious…so costly…so valuable…it requires a devotion to it. We must desire to receive wisdom from God so that we can live in a way that reflects His character and His heart. We must be devoted to the process of obtaining wisdom, because it will require that of you!
But, the journey is worth it.
This is the only life on the earth you have been given, how will you choose to live it? Do you desire wisdom enough to search for it? What are you willing to do to find it?