Thursday, April 24, 2014

wisdom of God

James 1:5 (nlt)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.  He will not rebuke you for asking.

Ask God for insight and do you know what you will get?  God will give you an answer and help.  That is His promise to His children, to you and me.  Not only is our God real, but He is active in the lives of His children.  Why is it that we miss Him at times or even fail to hear His voice?  It could be because we are not looking for an answer or asking for His help.

There are times that we have unplugged ourselves from God.  It could happen because of pain in our lives or even from experiencing good times.  I don’t believe that we step away from God.  We simply make choices that takes our focus off of Him, but that isn’t that our enemies plan?

He wants to distract us and remove from our lives the possibility of God taking us to the next level.  Why you haven’t moved to the next level might be because you have allowed the distractions of this life and your enemy way too much influence.  That is a big reason we need the wisdom of God.

19 years ago I began a search that led me to study in depth Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.  It really was an eye opening experience!  Come to find out, some of the same notes I made then have been of huge value to my work and to my life now.  God is always working.  He gives us His best.  It is our opportunity and choice to make to listen and look to God for wisdom and for help.

One of the best tools I found, other than my Bible, was a small book I bought during that time I of study.  Yes, I read some of it, and then placed the book on the shelf.  Several years later I began reading another book by the same author.  I compared my notes from the two books, both written by Peter Kreeft, I saw some huge truths God has been placing in my life.

Kreeft wrote much that blew me away, many things that made me stop and think as well as a lot of things that God used to give me insight into His heart.  Here is one short passage from How to Win the Culture War (page 118-):

"Because truth is stronger than falsehood, light is stronger than darkness.  Whenever the light shines into the darkness, the darkness cannot comprehend it: it cannot understand it, cannot surround it and cannot put it out... The blood that saved the world two thousand years ago still flows and still accomplishes the same work.  Insofar as we let ourselves be Christ's blood bank, we will save our society and our world."

Hear my thought: the world needs Jesus, and we need God's wisdom to give Jesus to the world.  It really is that simple.

Are we willing to set aside our own agenda and our own desires so that people will go to heaven?  It isn’t easy, but it is our purpose to be part of God's plan in sharing His truth.  In Proverbs I found some more wood for the fire, ammunition for the gun, thought for our minds and more push to place us in the presence of God.  Read on (and may we get more of God's wisdom):

Proverbs 2 (nlt)
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.  Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.  Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.  Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.  For the Lord grants wisdom!  From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.  He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.  He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.

NOTE: much of this post was shared in February of 2007.

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