Oh, Lord, Give Us Wisdom

Oh, Lord, Give Us Wisdom
Devotion by Pastor Alexander Redd
January 14, 2024

"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding"
(Proverbs 2:6).

As children of God living in a world where we encounter countless situations that require guidance and wisdom to make the right decisions, seeking wisdom from our Heavenly Father is a privilege we have.

Our reading from Proverbs 2:6 assures us that our Lord not only gives wisdom but is also the embodiment of wisdom itself. He understands the detailed nature of our lives and desires to lead us in the path of righteousness.

Living in a fallen world, we face daily challenges that require divine wisdom. Here are some areas where we need God's wisdom:

1. Decision-making: Every day, we face choices that impact our lives and those around us. Whether choosing a career path, making financial decisions, or discerning the right relationships, we need God's wisdom to guide us. James 1:5 encourages us to ask God for wisdom without doubting, and He will generously give it to us.

2. Relationships: Our relationships play a significant role in shaping our lives. Whether with our family, friends, or colleagues, we need wisdom to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and show love and grace. Proverbs 13:20 says, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise." Therefore, seeking godly counsel and wisdom in our relationships can strengthen us.

3. Spiritual Growth: As we seek to grow in our relationship with God, we need wisdom to discern His will and understand His Word. The psalmist says in Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Without the guidance of God's wisdom, we may easily be led astray by false teachings or fall into spiritual complacency.

4. Facing Challenges: Life is full of trials and difficulties; in those moments, we need wisdom to get through them. Whether dealing with illness, loss, or unexpected circumstances, God's wisdom gives us the strength and clarity to persevere. Proverbs 3:5-6 says to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, acknowledging Him in all our ways.

To seek God's wisdom daily, we should pray and read His Word, asking for guidance and discernment in all areas of our lives. We should surround ourselves with wise and godly individuals who can provide counsel and support.

We should intentionally seek wisdom from the experiences and teachings of those who have gone before us. Finally, we should trust in the Lord's wisdom even when it contradicts our understanding and have faith that His plans are perfect and for our ultimate good.

True wisdom comes from God alone (James 3:17). As we seek His wisdom and apply it to our lives, we will experience His peace and guidance, and blessings. Oh, Lord, we ask for Your wisdom as we face daily challenges, and may His wisdom shape every aspect of our lives.

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