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31 Oct -Benefits of a quiet life!

 

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In our world we often celebrate people who are loud and outspoken; being both big and bold as they make a visible difference in society. They inspire us, and encourage us to get out of our comfort zones. Yet, in doing so we can also make the mistake of ignoring the quiet every day people, who are also making a difference in their immediate communities. We don’t always notice, or even see them.

Perhaps we have learnt to only value and imitate the loud, extreme, heroic, type of person, so that we far too often miss the quiet heroes. We have become too focused on watching the “bold and the beautiful” do their work up front and center.

However the bible talks a lot about quietness. We are encouraged to aspire to lead a quiet life. That quiet is to be our ambition.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need”. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

So, here are a few benefits to living a quiet life that will actually help us to make a difference:

1. A quiet life focuses us on the people in front of us.

When we’re living loud, extreme lives, our attention is spread across the masses. But God has placed us in our smaller communities for a reason.

A quiet life sees the need to love the people around us, not just the crowds. We learn how to be faithful in the small, and in the personal interaction we have with others.

 Instead of only doing, or being involved in the “big” things why not also seek to enhance your own local community.

2.A quiet life prevents burnout.

When life is moving fast, we expend our energy faster. We then become exhausted from all our doing. The world’s push to DO,DO,DO, is dangerous, and makes burnout far too common.

The quieter approach to life acknowledges limits. We move slower, and only take on what we can. Because of this, we never truly stop working in people’s lives. We give only what we can, and we can continue doing it without the burden of burnout working on us.

Look at the minimum you can consistently do, and then build your capacity from there; rather than taking on too much and burning out.

3. A quiet life gives you time to learn.

By being patient and quiet, we give ourselves time to learn without the pressure and attention of making big “out there” statements.  We learn before setting out. This does not mean we are immune from the possibility of failure, it  just ensures that we have all the right tools before embarking on the journey.

A quiet life helps us move in God’s rhythm. It’s a lot like the ocean or nature’s seasons – it ebbs and flows. God rhythm doesn’t move in our rushed pace that tries to control everything. It involves listening, quietness and trust in God’s leading.

Quietness and stillness does not mean God is absent. Often truly, quiet spaces are the places we find God most, and where He reveals His work in us.

We just have to learn to be quiet enough to let Him work on our lives, in whatever way He pleases.

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godless and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior”. (1 Timothy 2:2)

Prayer: Lord please help me to see the value in quietness, and how to live life in your rhythm, free from the frenetic pace of the world. Please help me to find strength and meaning in the quiet spaces with you. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Oct -The power of Quiet.

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Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need”. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

The bible talks a lot about quietness. We are encouraged to aspire to lead a quiet life. For it is to be our ambition to lead quiet, peaceful lives, free of conflict and hostility toward others.

When we study to be quiet, it actually does quiet everything down on the inside of us. Conversations, pursuits, discussions, arguments, even face book and other media comments and conversations we begin to by-pass in our daily life.  Quietness let’s go of a life of noisy, frenetic agitation.

The purpose underlying Paul’s encouragement in Thessalonians 4:11-12 was to love, to live quietly, and to mind our own business, so that we would behave properly toward others. One of the keys to sharing about Jesus is when we demonstrate peace to a confused, and agitated world, through diligent work attitudes and habits, and living in a loving and tranquil manner. When we respect others’ privacy, and don’t intrude or gossip, it is a powerful testimony, and makes the gospel credible.

Study to be quiet – “make it your ambition to be quiet, and to do your own business.” It’s in direct contrast to the world’s ambition, which is, “to make a great stir,” and “to be busybodies” (2Th 3:11, 12).

Today consider how much more peace and tranquility you and your household would experience if you chose to study and make it your ambition to be quiet. God wants us to be able to live peaceably in our own families, and also to give no disturbance to others by our tale bearing, whispering, and backbiting. He encourages us to behave with quietness in the neighbourhood, town, or city, we dwell in, and to seek peace as we lead a quiet and peaceable life. 

Make a decision to no longer be involved in creating and encouraging factions, divisions, animosities, and contentions – even if you are right in your opinions and beliefs! The best way to get your point across is often demonstated with fewer words, and more action! A quiet and gentle spirit and life  pleases God, and others will notice your freedom from the agitation and stress they themselves struggle with.

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:15)

Study and practice quietness and discover how stress, fear and worry diminishes from your life. Quietness is powerful, for “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

 

 

29 Oct -Frog invasion!

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There is an interesting account in the bible about frogs! I don’t know how you feel about frogs, but I don’t think anyone would have enjoyed the invasion of frogs, the likes of this. There were frogs everywhere.

“The river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your houses, into your bedroom, on your bed, into the houses of your servants, on your people, into your oven, and into your kneading bowls. And the frogs shall come up on you, on your people, and on all your servants. “(Exodus 8:3-4)

This frog invasion happened in Egypt when Moses was asking Pharaoh to let God’s people go from slavery. Pharaoh declined and so came the frogs. To the Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, since millions of them were born after the annual inundation of the Nile which brought fertility to the otherwise barren lands. Consequently, in Egyptian mythology, there began to be a frog – goddess who represented fertility, referred to by Egyptologists as Heqet.

As God attempted to get the point across to Pharaoh that He was the one true God, (by literally flooding the land with frogs), and to listen to Him, those same previously worshipped frogs became a thing of disgust to the people.

God creates everything for our enjoyment; the sun, the ocean, our surroundings, every beautiful thing; He blesses us with houses, cars, possessions, and our gifts and talents. But how often do we give these, God given gifts and things, pride of place and prominence in our lives, instead of Him?

God created those frogs, and yet the Egyptians decided they would worship, and even depend on green, slimy, slippery, amphibians to bring fertility and blessing to their families, instead of looking to God who is the creator of the heavens and earth.

God wants us to be blessed, and for us to experience life to the full (John 10:10), but He wants us to depend and look to Him for it all. When we pursue, and put possessions, success, and even people before God, we are no better than those “idol worshipping frog lovers” who quickly discovered that, frogs are just frogs!

Ask yourself, “how often is that true in my life?” Are there things that I run after, and think highly of? Perhaps even things that I’ve made idols of because, I’ve put them in place of, or before a relationship with Jesus? Be aware, those same things can turn into objects of disgust and disappointment when we see them for what, and who they really are.

Today, open up your life and let God show you if there are any “frogs” in your life. Then put them in their rightful place, before you are confronted with just how empty, worthless, and smelly they can all turn out to be without God.

“You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God.” (Exodus 20:4)

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? “ (Romans 8:32)

Prayer: Lord please reveal to me any “frogs” in my life, where I have allowed the pursuit of other things or relationships to take your rightful place in my heart. Please forgive me, and lead me in the way I should go. In Jesus Name. Amen.

28 Oct -I’ll get around to it!

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“I’ll get around to it”. It’s a fairly well known saying in my part of the world. We’ve even made an item called “A Round tuit” which is usually a smooth round wooden disc with the words “Round tuit” on it.

Basically it’s all about the fact that people often say they’ll do something, when they get “around to it”, but when is that exactly?

Perhaps we all need a “Round tuit” to prompt us when there has been enough talking and postponing, and to go and chase our dreams, or face those things we have been putting off.

People often say that they really want to do something, or they should really face or deal with a particular issue. But before they know it five, ten or fifty years has gone by. And what have they done in those years? Was whatever we were all busy doing worth postponing following our dreams and life for? It’s all too easy to sit back and look at others and say, “I could have done that, or been that, or gone there”…. Well, why didn’t you?

Procrastinating and having the attitude of “I’ll get round to it”, can cause us to miss the season and timing that God has for us, and what He has planned for our lives. We just need to cease our postponing and making of excuses, draw a line in the sand of the years that have gone by already, breathe deeply and say, “That’s enough, I’m done procrastinating, God bring it on, I’m going to go out and live the life which you have given me!”

 Today, stop what you are doing, and dream; imagine, pray and seek God for His plan and dreams for you. Make a decision to stop living with the attitude of “I’ll get around to it”, and Get to it instead!

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8)

Prayer: Lord please help me to quiet my heart and mind so that I can hear the dreams you have placed in my heart. I don’t want to live a life of procrastinating and postponing, so that I never actually live the life you have for me. Help me to seize the day today! In Jesus Name. Amen.

27 Oct -Supernatural Wisdom #5

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My husband recently brought me a new t-shirt which has on the back “Never underestimate a woman with a plan and a prayer.”

However it would seem most of the time many people do underestimate the power, wisdom and strength available to us when we come to God and pray!

King Solomon in the bible was not born a wise man. Faced with leading a nation after the death of his Father David, he turned to God for help. He prayed; but the interesting point to note is that He didn’t just pray for His needs to be met, or for everything to go well with His leadership, or for riches, power and honour. Instead Solomon prayed and asked for wisdom. God heard his prayer and said, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold now I do according to your word” (1 Kings 3:11)

There is a natural inborn wisdom learnt from experiences, education and wise counsel. However there is also a wisdom that is neither natural nor inborn. It is supernatural. It is a gift of God, and when we make God part of our lives we have this supernatural wisdom available to us. If we would “get supernatural wisdom,” we must seek, and ask in prayer for it. For the wisdom from heaven is “first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)

When we don’t know what to do; when we realise and acknowledge we need wisdom beyond ourselves, or even others expertise or advice, we can, like King Solomon ask for God to give us wisdom. That prayer request takes humility, and recognition that we actually don’t know everything, but need God. We live in a world where everyday we are faced with real challenges both in our own lives, and in the world in which we live..

Today take the time to pray just as Solomon did, that God would give you a supernatural wisdom. That you would have “a spirit of wisdom and of revelation” in the knowledge of God. We could all benefit from receiving this “supernatural wisdom” so as to answer the challenges and questions we face. If we ask, God says He will give it. Ask today!

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way (Colossians 1:9-10)

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17)

Prayer: Lord I need supernatural wisdom from heaven. I need the knowledge and understanding that you give, to help me in not just my own life, but also for the world I live in. In Jesus Name Amen.

26 Oct -Building your house #4

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I have a saying that “nothing in life is ever wasted if we choose to learn from it”. However if we keep doing the same things over and over, while hoping for a different result, that would be the height of foolishness.

Wisdom learns, reflects, and takes note of what God is saying and trying to reveal to us, so that we continually grow. Wisdom helps prevent us from getting stuck in the same bad habits, toxic relationships, financial worries, and other challenges over and over again. Wisdom essentially rescues us from “going round and round the mountain”, never managing to get to where we want to go.

The word “wisdom” is used over 200 times in the Bible. It is translated from the Hebrew word “chokmah,” meaning shrewdness, prudence, skill and wit.”

I love the scripture in Proverbs 24:3-4 which says, “Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

In building our lives and our homes, we need a solid foundation, and I can’t think of a better foundation to build our lives on than wisdom. Personally I have discovered a wealth of wisdom to be found in God’s word. It teaches me how to be a loving, strong, trustworthy wife, parent, friend, and leader. I have discovered the knowledge, comfort and understanding in God’s word to navigate through some of the toughest times in my life. The wisdom in God’s word has brought me through death, loss, failure, financial worries, and parenting challenges.

There have been many times when I was unsure of what to do when it came to decisions with one, or all of our six children, or with other relationships, work, and our future. However when I have chosen to stop, and quiet my heart and mind so that I can seek God for His wisdom, He always leads me to the right course of action.

We all like to think we’re making wise choices. Whether it’s in our relationships, difficult decisions, or just everyday life. Here are 3 ways wisdom can be established in our life:

1. Live by the wisdom you have already been given:

God’s word is full of wisdom and it’s been given to us. Read it, and listen and do what it says.

Reflect and learn from your experiences, and mistakes. Perhaps start a notebook titled “The things I’ve learnt” to help you remember.

Listen to wisdom, and do your best to understand. Ask for good judgment. Cry out for understanding. Look for wisdom like silver. Search for it like hidden treasure. If you do this, you will understand what it means to respect the Lord, and you will come to know God. The Lord is the source of wisdom; knowledge and understanding come from his mouth.

 “Delight is in the law (word) of the Lord, And in His law meditate day and night, then whatever you do shall prosper.” (Proverbs 2:1-4; Psalm 1:2-3)

2. Get input from those who demonstrate wisdom:

Become wise by walking with the wise; Hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” (Proverbs 13:20 The Message)

Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight. Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with counsellors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22)

3. Be open to correction:

How do you respond to correction? Do you get offended? Do you feel rejected? Do you get defensive, or indulge in a bout of self-pity? When we value and seek wisdom we need people who’ll be honest with us. Why? Because we often get blinded by our own motives and ego’s. When God corrects or sends someone else to correct us, it’s because He wants what’s best for us. Be teachable, willing, quick to learn, and open to counsel.

So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children? 

My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either.

It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects.

God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children”.

(Hebrews 12:4-11 The Message)

Choose the way of wisdom today, for it  is worth far more than precious jewels, or silver and gold. When you value wisdom you will also find long life, peace, and riches and honour. (Proverbs 3:13-18)

Prayer: Lord help me to build my house on wisdom, and that by understanding and knowledge it will be filled with peace, joy, love and an abundance of precious and pleasant riches. In Jesus Name Amen.

25 Oct -Wise Words #3

 

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Wouldn’t you love to be one of those people who knows what to do when faced with decisions, or for people to say about you that, “the words of your mouth are as deep waters; the fountain of your wisdom is a gushing spring” (Proverbs 18:4).

Or perhaps to have the Wisdom of Solomon, who is referred to in the bible as the richest and wisest man who ever lived. (1 Kings 3).

The truth is God actually wants us to be wise, and to value and prize wisdom. He also wants us to know that godly wisdom such as King Solomon’s begins with the fear, respect and honour of God.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

As we begin to respect and fear God appropriately for whom He is, we are more likely to listen to what He has to say causing us to grow in wisdom and understanding. Therefore a good definition of godly wisdom is hearing and doing the Word of God.

“Keep them and do them; for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples.” (Deuteronomy 4:6)

Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon a rock.” (Matthew 7:24).

It stands to reason that if wisdom is found in God’s word, then it would make good sense for us to apply ourselves to read and study the bible, so that we are able to know and do what it says. Even if we may at first struggle to understand what we are reading, God promises that “His word makes wise the simple”.

The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.

The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree (Psalm 19:7 The Message).

In contrast to those who choose to read and study God’s word, are those who the bible terms fools or mockers. They see the bible as an old, dusty and boring book, and believe it is outdated. They regard it as too strict, and have no time for the wisdom and secrets of heaven contained within its pages. If it says something they don’t like, they toss it to one side ignoring its instruction and guidance.

The so-called “wisdom of man, or of the world,” usually stands directly opposed to the wisdom of God. In reality people can in fact set themselves up as wiser than God. They say to themselves, “Who needs any other advice? Who needs God? I have no use for God or His words. I don’t want my fun spoilt, and I won’t have anyone telling me what to do.”

Essentially they reject God’s word, and in doing so they reject Him.

“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” (James 3:17)

The person who values and seeks after wisdom is the person, who knows God, loves His instruction and word and wants more.

Today if you have struggled to read God’s word, or those books that explain and explore the truths held in the bible, there is good news for you. Don’t be content to remain foolish about the things of God. There is too much to lose.

Many times we don’t aspire or attempt much in our reading and study because we don’t feel like there is any hope. But consider this:

Suppose you read about 250 words a minute, and that you resolved to devote just 15 minutes a day to serious reading so as to deepen your relationship with God, and to grow in wisdom.

In one year (365 days) you would read for 5,475 minutes. Multiply that times 250 words per minute and you get 1,368,750 words per year. Now most books have between 300 and 400 words per page. So if we take 350 words per page and divide that into 1,368,750 words per year, we get 3,910 pages per year. This means that at 250 words a minute, 15 minutes a day, you could read about 20 average sized books a year!

Reading in that 15 minute slot will have you growing in wisdom with time that would have been no doubt wasted anyway.

Today choose a book or chapter of the bible and set aside 15 minutes first thing in the morning, or just before you go to sleep to read. You will not be the same person this time next year. Your mind will be stretched, your heart enlarged, your zeal more fervent. And you will have grown in wisdom and understanding.

Be encouraged, and choose and value the wisdom found in God’s word.

“[The] Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey His commandments will grow in wisdom.” (Psalm 111:10)

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”(Psalm 119:105)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4)

 Prayer: Lord I humble myself under your word, and instruction. Forgive me where I have thought I knew better than you, or was lazy and worldly in my thinking and summation of the significance and importance of your word. Help me to understand and draw closer to you as I read your word today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

24 Oct -Wise up! #2

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The wisdom that leads to life and ultimate joy begins with knowing and fearing God.

The bible says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10).

Too many people want to “tame” God into a non-threatening nobody. But, if we redefine God who created the universe into a God that only makes us feel comfortable; a permissive friend we only listen to when we want to, and who exists simply to bless us and give us what we want, we will not fear Him in the way He deserves to be feared.

Appropriate respect for God means keeping before our eyes what a serious prospect it is to stop trusting and depending on God. God is not someone who in our independence and pride we can just “push to the side” as unimportant without there being serious consequences. He is worthy of our awe and respect.

Think of our solar system, that is part of a galaxy called the “Milky Way”. Astronomers have estimated that there are at least 100,000 million stars in this galaxy. Consider too the perfect precision with which these heavenly bodies move in their orbits, and that it was God who created and planned each star and planet.

Or consider man who is the crown of God’s creation. Look at our bodies and see how wonderfully God has created them. (Psalm 139:14)

Each of our eyes has 130 million little rods for black and white vision, and 7 million cones for colour vision. These are connected to the brain by 300,000 nerve fibres. The human eye can receive 1.5 million messages simultaneously! To duplicate the function of one eye, mechanically, it would require 250,000 television transmitters and receivers!

God is immense in His power and ability, and the fear of God begins when we see Him in all His creative greatness, majesty and power. It is “the continual awareness that our loving heavenly Father is watching everything we think, say, and do, and that nothing escapes His attention.

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment”. (Matthew 12:36)

 “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty” (Psalm 8:4)

The person who is proud does not fear the Lord, and lacks the humility needed to be teachable and open to change and growth. Pride prevents them from being able to admit their mistakes and need for growth. When we are humble we are open to counsel, and ready to be corrected and to follow truth.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction”. (Proverbs 1:7)

In order to develop the fear of the Lord, we must recognise God for who He is. When we fear Him appropriately we have a continual awareness of Him; a deep awe and reverence for Him, and a sincere commitment to obey Him.

Today consider God and His power and might. Think on the fact that He knows and sees everyone and everything, and then give Him the respect and honour He deserves. He is not someone to be pushed aside and ignored when we feel like it. He demands attention and respect simply because “He is who He is.” That is not just the beginning of wisdom, but also commonsense!

Therefore, since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us be filled with gratitude, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29)

Prayer: Lord I acknowledge who you are, and give you the respect you deserve today. Forgive me when I have not treated you with the honour you are due, and help me to be more mindful of just how powerful and mighty you are as I grow in wisdom. In Jesus name Amen.

23 Oct -The answer to everything!

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Wisdom, it’s something all of us could do with more of. A simple definition of wisdom is the “application of knowledge, and the capacity to correctly apply knowledge acquired through life’s experiences”.

Often people assume that the older you get the wiser you are. But that is not necessarily so. We are only wise to the degree that we have learned to rightly apply our knowledge in life.

God has a high regard for wisdom. Proverbs 4:3-9 says, “Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding! Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch! Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you.

Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!

Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.

She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.” Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life”

God instructs us to put effort into becoming wiser tomorrow than we are today. That means it is an ongoing continual process, and is not only found in the gaining of a formal education, but also the daily, lifelong process of growth.

I recently had a conversation with a friend about finances. We discussed it’s not that we should be trying to figure out how to earn more money,  instead we are to ask God for wisdom everyday. Through wisdom we will gain knowledge and understanding, resulting in knowing what and when to act, and how to prosper. That principle applies to every area of our life. Imagine if we sought after wisdom as the “principle thing” everyday? The very wisdom of heaven would be downloaded to us.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him”. (James 1:5)

God wants us to live fulfilled joyful lives, and for most of us that is what we desire. He knows it will take walking in wisdom to attain this and He even says, Grow a wise heart—you’ll do yourself a favour; keep a clear head—you’ll find a good life. (Proverbs 19:8)

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gets understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13)

The gaining of wisdom is the way into a hope filled future, and the key to lasting happiness is found in wisdom.

As Proverbs 16:16 puts it, “To get wisdom is better than gold; to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

So how do we get wisdom? Firstly desire wisdom with all your might.

“If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you” (Proverbs 4:8). To prize, means it must be valuable to us.

Not everyone wants wisdom; they don’t prize or value being wise at all, mostly because they want to follow their emotions, or plead ignorance when their foolish behaviour catches up to them.

Other people can be motivated by their circumstances rather than logic and wisdom. Many times we can be act foolishly when actually we know better. We can choose to ignore wisdom. Often people are not lacking information, but they are lacking motivation and determination to follow wisdom.

Value wisdom and ask God for it, that all your ways will be filled with hope, and the years of your life will be many. 

Prayer: Lord help me to prize wisdom and the understanding that comes from you. That I may gain a heart of wisdom, and discover the key to both long life and lasting happiness. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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