“Don’t copy the behavior or values of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” Romans 12:2 NLT
Do you consider yourself wise? I don't consider myself 'wise', but I'm definitely wiser now than in my youth. Hopefully, I am gaining wisdom daily through bible studies, experiences, listening to God in prayer, and from others in my close circle.
Would you be wise enough today to ask for wisdom from God, like Solomon did? 1 Kings 3:5 "At Gibeon the appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon first recognized and acknowledged God's faithfulness in the past and present circumstances. 1 Kings 3:6 "Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day." Solomon then humbled himself and recognized his need for help, guidance, and direction in the great task set for him. 1 Kings 3:7-9
The fear of the is the beginning of knowledge, isdom is the 'fear' of the lord..not reverence or respect, but terror, dread, afraid of. Most people don't recognize how powerful and mighty God is. "God is the only rock on which we may rest safe in times of danger. Trusting in him brings peace in every circumstance." [Richard Sibbes]
Wisdom begins w/fear, but thankfully does not end there. Jesus came to end the fear by cleansing believers of their sin debt. 1 John 4:9-10 " And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
esus drove out the fear---a loving god pursuing an unfaithful people, loving them despite their sin, loving them to the point of death on a cross."
How can we put our trust in God, if we do not know who He is? Just like an adopted child doesn't know who the new parent is, what they have in store for them, how they will feed and care for them... the same is true for putting our trust in God. The more we know of and see His faithfulness to us, the more we can learn to rely on Him and not ourselves.
Doubt in God comes from the enemy, Satan. What we wonder about Jesus _____? Does God love me? Does God want this for me? What purpose does God have for me? etc.
"God has given us a roadmap: the Bible. God has given us a compass: our conscience. God has also given us a personal guidance counselor: the Holy Spirit. Clearly, God wants to lead us in the paths of righteousness. This is important to understand, because God never intended for you to figure out the steps of your journey without him." " The Good Shepherd doesn’t just feed us. He leads us. He doesn’t just correct us. He directs us."
We are wise, when we seek and follow God's voice in scripture.
We are wise, when we know God better each day.
We are wise, when we humble ourselves to His mighty and powerful name and ways.