We want to be attractive, smart, and talented. We want the same for our spouse, and pray that it will be true of our children.
Because we believe these are attributes that lead to success in life . . . school, work, community, etc.
But good looks, knowledge, and creativity do not guarantee success, nor do they promise anything with lasting value.
Beauty fades, and knowledge and creativity in themselves do not have an impact on eternity.
Let’s take a few minutes to talk about wisdom.
Wisdom defined as: the ability to apply the knowledge of what is true or right generally gained through experience and applied to current circumstances.
I think these words from Wikipedia fit well:
This involves an understanding of people, things, events and situations, and the willingness and the ability to apply perceptions, judgments and actions in keeping with an understanding of what is the right course of actions. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions so that universal principles, values, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions. In short, wisdom is a disposition to find the truth coupled with an optimum judgement as to right actions.
Putting it simply – wisdom is the ability to understand a given situation and to know and do the right thing no matter what our emotions are screaming.
Wisdom needs both . . . knowing and doing what is best.
Pastor Andy Stanley suggests we ask, “In light of my past experiences, my current responsibilities, and my future hopes and dreams . . . what is the wise thing for me to do?”
I’ve known many attractive, smart, and talented people who have done some really foolish things which had lasting consequences.
Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t do your best with your appearance, intelligence, and abilities.
I am saying that too often we leave wisdom off the list, and it’s time . . . no it’s past time to put it back with big fat capital letters.
Do you pray for it? For:
- your spouse?
- your children?
- your parents?
- your boss?
- your friends?
- your nation’s leaders?
- your pastor?
- your child’s teachers?
Wisdom requires prayer, trust, and obedience.
Will you pray with me…
Father, We need wisdom. Forgive us for looking around, comparing, and making our choices based on what seems popular or powerful. Forgive us for valuing beauty, wealth, intelligence, and power over wisdom. Forgive us for too often allowing our emotions to influence our choices.
We need You. We need Your forgiveness. We need Your Holy Spirit to guide us. We need to surrender to Your truth. Help us, Father. Please give us all we need to trust and obey You. Help us to know the blessing of living in the freedom that only You can give.
We pray for our children to grow more and more in love with You, and have a desire for wisdom. That You help our nation’s leaders to make wise decisions; that they will choose wisdom over power and popularity. Change our hearts Lord to know, love, and live by Your truth.
Thanks and praise to You now and forever. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
So God replied, “Because you (Solomon) have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 1 Kings 3:11-12
He has paid a full ransom for His people. He has guaranteed His covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name He has! Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey His commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise Him forever! Psalm 111:9-10