It’s good to desire wisdom. It’s an admirable and much needed trait for life.

Wisdom is defined in the Cambridge dictionary as “the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgements.” A great attribute for sure. But how much greater is Godly wisdom, which is a wisdom that doesn’t come from who we are in and of ourselves - but it comes from God and reflects Him.

Every Christian and follower of Jesus should seek to walk in Godly wisdom. The Bible is full of references to wisdom and the Book of Proverbs is saturated with such. It matters to God that we operate in a wisdom that is so much more than our own thoughts and words. It is words accompanied from a life bearing good fruit by walking close with God and learning to hear and heed  His voice.

Being in ministry and Christian leadership doesn’t guarantee that we operate in Godly wisdom. All too often we can make decisions as teams, as a leadership, and as individuals in line with what we think is right, without even laying the issues before God. We need be pursuers of the King of Kings.

Perhaps we need to be more attentive to the quiet place. A pause place before God where we can take time to seek Him and His heart, so that we may be in His will for what we are putting our hand to in His name!

Here’s some helpful wisdom from Ralph Emerson ‘Let us be silent that we might hear the whisper of God.’

King Solomon delighted the heart of God when God invited him to ask for anything his heart desired, and Solomon asked  for the gift of Godly wisdom. (1 Kings 3: 4-14)…It’s incredible to see recorded for us, God’s pleasure and response in this request.

“The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

We would be wise to ask accordingly!

One way to grow in Godly wisdom is simply by reading a chapter of proverbs every day. I heard Dr RT Kendall at a conference many years ago say that the book of Proverbs was his daily reading book. A chapter for each day of the month. Over and over and over again as it is packed with nuggets and gems for Godly living that enable us to walk in wisdom.

As we prayerfully pursue wisdom that is not of this world, the fruit will be evident in our lives and will be a blessing to God and others - James 3v17. “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

May we be bearers and sharers of such wonderful attributes, and be influencers in this world as those who reflect our Heavenly Father and the beauty of His Kingdom.

D MacNeil

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