Proverbs 2:6 (HCSB) For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
When I reflect on the things I did, or even didn’t do, in 2017 I had to ask myself a tough question “Did I search for God’s wisdom in every area of life…the good and the not-so-good on a daily basis?”
Sadly, I have to tell you the answer to that question was “No, not in every area.”
As I read through Proverbs 2 this morning, I am reminded of a very important truth for my walk with Christ. Wisdom is a gift from God. The words of His mouth bring knowledge and understanding. The question then becomes, What do I need to do to receive the gift of wisdom?
A look at the first 5 verses in Proverbs 2 showed me exactly how to receive the gift of wisdom in every area of my life.
Verse 1 – Question: Did I receive or accept God’s word or did I allow my circumstances to push His words to the side and go my own way? In 2017 I can honestly say that there were times when I didn’t even stop to consider what God’s word had to say. In 2018, my goal is to be intentional about digging into the word of God and hiding what it says in my heart. I need to receive or accept what God says P-E-R-I-O-D. When I accept the truth and not try to strong-arm my own agenda so I can have my way, I gain understanding and knowledge and the Lord WILL GIVE ME wisdom. Furthermore, as I store or hide His word in my heart about even the littlest of things, He will also store up success (v. 7) for me and will be my shield as I walk along the path He has for me.
Verse 3 & 4: When I call out to God in every area of my life and passionately seek for the treasure (truth, encouragement, hope, direction, etc.) hidden in His word, then (v. 5) I will grow in reverent fear (and a deeper, more intimate relationship) with Him. Meaning I will gain further knowledge and understanding of who God is and what He wants for me.
When I receive God’s gift of wisdom, the knowledge of God will delight my heart (v. 10). Discretion will watch over me and understanding will be my guard (v, 11) from the enemy.
Father, forgive me for not accepting your word and hiding what it says in my heart in 2017. As this new year begins, please help me to be intentional about seeking out what You have to say about my marriage, raising my son, the plans you have for me, my relationship with others, taking care of my aging mother-in-law and parents, and in even the smallest area of my life. Help me to hide Your truth in my heart in 2018 and grow even closer to You as a result. Amen.
May I encourage you today to look up the following verses and hide truth you find there in your heart. Psalm 19:19, Psalm 119:98, Psalm 119:104; Isaiah 8:20