When You Pray for Wisdom…

We’ve been praying for wisdom for about… oh, I’d say a million years. Wisdom for ministry plans. Wisdom for kids. Wisdom for each move. Wisdom for life. You’ve joined us in those prayers. And God is answering them, though not in a way we necessarily expected.

I always expect God to grant wisdom through some big whiz-bang event: a dream, a voice, a vision… something like that. That’s not happened often in life, so why do I expect it?

We’ve been reading this book most mornings with our kids and just the other day, we read about when God promised to give Solomon anything he wanted. What did Solomon ask for? Wisdom.

I was thinking about that during my quiet time the next morning and about how I wanted God to give us wisdom like He did for Solomon. And then the Holy Spirit reminded me. He did. He does.

Solomon wrote down many of his wise thoughts and sayings in order to help us live rightly before the Lord. They are right there, between the front and back covers of my Bible, mostly found in the book of Proverbs. If we want wisdom, it’s really as easy as flipping to the middle of our Bibles and reading.

It’s a bit obvious, eh? But I feel like sometimes I have the tendency to overcomplicate things, when instead, I need to just do and read what is in front of me.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7); a relationship with God must the foundation of a wise life. But Solomon also exhorts us to live in love and faithfulness (Proverbs 3:3). To have wisdom for ministry, honoring my husband, raising and discipling my children well, serving God… just look for the things that honor Him and show love and faithfulness to others.

Thanks for praying for wisdom, friends. Please keep it up! We continually need it.

And we’re so thankful that God gives wisdom generously to all who ask, without finding fault (James 1:5).

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