When I have a problem, I remember the promise God made: if you ask me for wisdom I will give it to you. So I ask. I search the book of proverbs where it is full of instruction about God’s idea of wisdom. As a flawed human I am apt to read the mind of God with ears for what I want to hear, so it’s crucial that I approach the holy writings with a clear mind, a surrendered will, and an openness to be changed. With my bible in my lap I picture myself kneeling before the teacher, begging for morsels to fall before me that I can consume and be changed from the inside out. I am most humble, and completely vulnerable when I open myself to what the bible teaches. I want to absorb it and have my mind changed so my choices align with the teaching. The bible is the only way I have to navigate this life I’ve been given.
This is not a humanly endeavor. I know for sure this brand of study and application requires some supernatural intervention, aka, the Holy Spirit. Which is how I can accept that one devotional book, on one page, marked by the date, will outline for me three scripture teachings that go directly to the heart of my problem du jour, and perfectly match up with the problems outlined in my journal. Only God.
In the first chapter of Proverbs, verse 7 it says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Then later in Proverbs 8:13, it says “to fear the Lord is to hate evil, I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”
God can’t be any clearer than that. So I find myself seeking wisdom so I can make decisions that align with God’s plan, not my own or someone else’s needs and desires. Waiting on God can often put me in the position to say, “I don’t know yet.” I am not a fan of admitting this. I like to have a plan, be decisive, and move forward, and waiting often feels like wasting time. My hopes and my intentions in the end may not align with God’s will, I may be trying to go left, while he’s pointing to the right. That always means I stop, I turn, and I go where he directs, but only if I’m paying attention to His ways of directing my focus for the areas in my life where he’s given me leadership responsibilities.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we woke up with a hand written agenda for the day from God himself? Here’s your to do list human, now don’t get back in this bed until it is all complete. There will be another one for you tomorrow. Oh, what a relief that would be. Instead, we have to ferret out God’s will for our individual life and the unique work He gives each of us to do for Him. It’s a love thing.
My friend got a miracle today. She was told yesterday that she would return to America without the child she went to Uganda to adopt, and then with God’s holy stamp, without reason, she was given the visa for the child. A complete reversal of mind.
It is so important to remember who is in charge. It is equally important to wait patiently for His answer and not be tempted to make up our own. That’s what I’ll be doing today.