Seeking Wisdom

Seeking Wisdom
by Larry Reese, Pastor of Discipleship

One of the greatest things that I enjoy in being a Christian, is the ability to talk to God and listen for Him to speak back to me.  It is exciting to hear our heavenly Father speak to us, yet so many Christians either do not believe that Father speaks to us today or that for some reason or the other, He will not speak to them. This simply isn’t true.  One of the greatest ways to get wisdom is to sit with God, reading the Scriptures, and giving Him the opportunity to speak.  Many of us do not understand just how much the Holy Spirit wants to be a part of our lives, and when given the opportunity, He reveals just how much wisdom we have received by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior.

1 Corinthians 1: says this: “But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness….”  And with this knowledge that Christ has become wisdom for us from God, it is to our advantage to spend time with the Lord, asking Him questions and gaining insight from Him.

I remember some years ago when I was beginning to know the Lord more intimately, I would ask questions about things that I did not understand and ask for wisdom in being led in my life concerning decisions that had to be made. On one occasion I prayed for wisdom about what job to take. There were two offers and I wanted to know which one was right for me, so I prayed about it several times.  As I continued to pray, I did not hear anything from Father about either of the jobs and became frustrated, having a limited time to make a decision. So when I did not hear from the Lord after a little more time in prayer, I asked why I wasn’t hearing from Him. I was beginning to recognize His voice and enjoyed listening to whatever He had to say, but in my job search situation, I wasn’t hearing anything.

“Lord, why haven’t you answered me about this job? I need your wisdom.”

The Lord responded immediately, saying, “It really isn’t wisdom that you are seeking, Larry; you want Me to make the decision for you. You are afraid to make the decision.  Had you needed wisdom, I would have spoken to you. Either job you choose will be fine. Had there been any consequences concerning either one, I would have told you.” That would have been wisdom.

So sometimes, it isn’t wisdom that we need, but when we do, we should ask.  Bear in mind that in getting wisdom from God, we are often challenged even in walking in the wisdom that He gives us, and for that reason, it is  wise to approach Father with faith and trusting that He will answer.

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

Also, keep in mind that the more time you spend with Father, the wiser you will become.  Wisdom is the ability to discern and to know what is true and what is the right thing for you to do, and our heavenly Father wants us to succeed.