Walk With God: Seek Wisdom

Reading through Proverbs at the moment and being reminded that the greatest of wisdom is often found in the simplest of truths.

When it comes to walking well with God, wisdom definitely plays its part. An essential part at that. After all, right at the start of this particular book is a very clear instruction

Let the wise hear and increase in learning and obtain guidance

The power of simple wisdom should not be underestimated. We just need to be careful from where and from whom the so-called wisdom is coming.

10 truths about the power of good wisdom I am rediscovering through the book of Proverbs…

Wisdom should be sought after like silver and gold.

Wisdom of the greatest value comes from the Lord.

Wisdom increases knowledge and learning.

Wisdom helps us to understand.

Wisdom creates opportunity.

Wisdom protects.

Wisdom in God helps us trust Him more completely.

Wisdom works hard and brings reward.

Wisdom dwells with prudence.

Wisdom discovers.

And this kind of wisdom influences every aspect of who I am and could possible become, along with every sphere of influence I may enjoy. Wisdom centred around people, communication, money, life, humility, integrity, honour, healing, discretion, work, laziness, relationships and God.

What has Godly wisdom brought to your life? And what wisdom would you share with others?

What You Do With What You Have Been Given

Sometimes it’s all too easy to fuss about everything that I want and in so doing, miss out on the fact that I already have so much more than most. I think that just makes me selfish. I don’t want to be that. The challenge for me and the family I lead is to make sure I steward well all that I already have.

If my heart is always leaning towards having more, then I am selfish.
If my actions are about protecting what I already have, then I am selfish.
If I speak with a sense of entitlement for things, then I am in danger of becoming selfish.
Let’s be honest…it’s easily done.

What will I do with what I have got is perhaps the wrong way of thinking. If its about what I’ve got, I will probably feel like I haven’t GOT enough and I deserve to get more. However, if I just shift my thinking slightly and ask myself the question what will I do with what I have been given, then things have a chance to change.

In 1 Timothy 6:17-18 Paul writes the following words…
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”

This is the reminder. It’s not about money or wealth and certainly not about trusting in those things for my security. They can NEVER do that, however much of them I get. Instead, it’s about trusting God, putting my hope in Him, after all He provided me with all the stuff I have and He wants me to enjoy it all too. I just need to hold them loosely so I can be GENEROUS and WILLING TO SHARE.

What do you think? What are the challenges that you face right now that make it difficult to truly trust in God for your total well-being – including your money?