Monday, February 16, 2015

Wanted: Godly Wisdom

Many years ago I had a friend who wrote a book on decision making. He carefully researched the decision making process of world leaders through history as far as was possible. He concluded that a leader could be known and understood by the people he went to for information before making a decision. He looked at character traits, religious beliefs, education and friends. Simply stated, who we look to for advice before making a decision reveals who we are and what to expect of us.

But advice is not wisdom. Advice, stated by line “authority” is an “opinion about what could or should be done about a situation or problem.” One can purchase advice or seek advice from friends or associates, but it is not wisdom. Heed the words of Solomon: “Of what use is money in the hands of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom.”

It is foolish, according to Solomon, to think that anyone can buy wisdom since it is a gift of God. It can only be acquired by studying His Word and depending on Him for insight and foresight through prayer. Even if someone could buy His wisdom they would be a “fool” for they would lack the sense to know what to do with it.

God’s wisdom is not for sale. It is available to those who have a desire to get to know Him by spending time with Him and seeking wisdom from Him. God makes Himself known to those who willingly seek Him with all their heart. The only requirement for those who want God’s wisdom is to seek it in His Word and invest time in prayer.

Prayer:  Father, help us to understand the importance of true, Godly wisdom. May we seek it with all our hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 17:16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?

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