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By: Pastor Wes Hodges

[/nectar_highlighted_text][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-book” color=”Accent-Color”]SCRIPTURE:
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.[/text-with-icon][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-user” color=”Accent-Color”]DEVOTIONAL:

Nobody likes a “wise guy,” but everyone should want wisdom. Wisdom is defined as “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.”(Lexico Dictionary) The important distinction between knowledge and wisdom is that knowing things is just the first part in being able to live a life honoring God. Wisdom is taking that knowledge and making decisions that are righteous, obedient, and faithful to God’s Word. To first be wise, we need to know Christ – for He is wisdom personified. (1 Cor. 1:30) We need to hunger for His Word. Read and meditate on His Word. Be filled with His Spirit. It is then we can be wise by using what we have learned to apply in our actions.

In 1 Kings 3, Solomon speaks to God saying: “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”” (1 Kings 3:9 ESV) What an excellent request. Solomon cares for the people of God and wants to do his best by leading in ways that honor God. The Lord responds saying: “behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.” (1 Kings 3:12 ESV)

Have you asked God to give you wisdom? Have you sought out other godly friends to ask for wisdom? In the book of James 1:5, it says, “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 ESV)


[text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-heart” color=”Accent-Color”]ACTION STEPS:

→ Read the “Proverb of the day.” Today is the 19th, so read Proverbs 19 and develop a pattern of growing in wisdom through daily reading the Proverbs.

→ Carve out time today to pray for wisdom in a specific area, and believe that the Lord will continue to give you wise guidance in your decision making.[/text-with-icon][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”fa fa-hand-paper-o” color=”Accent-Color”]PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, we pray that You would give us wisdom in our actions and decisions today. Help us know You more so that we may not sin against You, rather be wise in knowing right from wrong. Please help us to learn from our experiences and use the knowledge we have to live a wise, godly life. Lord take us deeper in wisdom in Jesus Name, Amen![/text-with-icon]

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