Wisdom… Come and get it!

bellI’ve made a lot of mistakes.  Buying cars that were not the wisest choice because I wanted them.  Trusting friends with information that came back to bite me.  I’ve made mistakes in hiring people, leading people, caring for people, spending money, using my time, understanding situations…  I have made a lot of mistakes.  I am a person in great need of wisdom.

Maybe you too are a person in great need of wisdom.  Wanna know something cool?  God is not stingy with His wisdom. In fact He is generous with His wisdom and His wisdom it never comes with a ” Flying Hey Pal!” because we misused the last dose of wisdom He shared.  Here is how the bible puts it.   James 1:5  “But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you.” (CEV)  If I am going to find and use the wisdom of God, here is a good idea.

Ask. Simple isn’t it?  If God’s wisdom is needed (If means since) I need to ask God for His wisdom.  Here is what is so amazingly cool about God; when we ask He always says yes!

Warning:  Honest moment coming, continue reading at you own risk. I do not ask God for His wisdom nearly as much as I should.  What!  You big dumb pastor, how can this be?

It is true, I don’t and neither do most of you.  Want to know why?  We don’t want God’s wisdom interfering with our plans. So in place of asking we say things like this.  “God must have wanted me to have it, it was on sale.”  “God must have wanted us together; after all we wouldn’t have met the way we did.”  “It must be God’s plan for us; otherwise we wouldn’t feel the way we do.”  In place of asking, we just hope God in His kindness will help us sort it out later.

We don’t ask because we overestimate our own wisdom. Gosh, I do love the sound of my own voice.  I sometimes think I am wiser than I really am.  You ever like that?

We end up asking God for help in surviving, but fail to request His wisdom for living. We say, “God help me with my money” (lack of money) but fail to use his wisdom in handling money.  We say, “God, help me with this relationship” but fail to use his wise instructions on anger or forgiveness or how I use of my mouth.  Asking for wisdom requires a bending of our will that sometimes is uncomfortable.

We don’t ask because we are not close enough to Him. It just feels like asking rich Uncle Joe for some money, but we have not talked to rich Uncle Joe since the last time we tapped him for some cash.  Is there a reason you don’t ask?

The fear of God is where wisdom begins, in other words, wisdom finds its beginning in our lives when God is in the right place in our lives.  But know this, wisdom enters when we ask. Try this; find  helpful reminders to spur yourself to specifically ask for wisdom.  Sticky notes with the words, “Ask for God’s wisdom.”   Put a sticker on your watch or phone that reminds you to ask God for wisdom.  Record your ring tone to say “Wisdom” or make it your screen saver on your computer or phone.  Make a goal of building a habit that seeks God’s wisdom.  I am game, are you?   Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on September 24, 2009.

One Response to “Wisdom… Come and get it!”

  1. So true – seems like my prayers always begin with “Lord help me…” I need to stop being on auto-pilot during prayers and stop and think and ASK – for wisdom and not just to “get through” the situation.

    Thanks Leonard.

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