Wisdom and discernment

Proverbs 3:13-16 says that the man who finds wisdom and understanding has found something valuable and priceless.

One of the best known examples of wisdom is found in King Solomon, whose story is recorded in 1 Kings 1-11.  Many talk of having “the wisdom of Solomon” but it wasn’t something that he was born with; it was a gift from God.

Early in Solomon’s reign God blessed Solomon with wisdom.  Solomon was told by God to “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (2 Chronicles 1:7).  In a show of great understanding in his own right, Solomon asked for wisdom,  “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours (2 Chronicles 1:10)?” 

God’s response is in verse 12 along with additional blessings; recorded in 1 Kings 4:29-34 and 2 Chronicles 1:14-17. 

Seeking wisdom comes with blessings.  Sometimes that blessing comes as greater understanding, or it may come as a deeper discernment of the people and situations surrounding you. Paul prayed for it in Philippians 1:9-11 which says;

 And this is my prayer:

that your love may abound more and more

 in knowledge and depth of insight,

so that you may be able to discern what is best

and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,

 filled with the fruit of righteousness

that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.

And then there is this description of wisdom from Proverbs:

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.

Though it cost all you have, get understanding. 

Esteem her and she will exalt you;

embrace her and she wil honor you.

She will set a garland of grace on your head

 and present you with a crown of splendor. Proverbs 4:7-9

If you feel at a loss as to how to get wisdom read what James said in James 1:5; “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

I ask for wisdom in my roles as a wife, mother, and friend.  I have seen God answer these prayers again and again so I am going to keep on asking.  What about you?

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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