We are bombarded with advice these days -- on TV, radio, Facebook, friends, magazines, books, you name it. Where is the first place you seek counsel:
- In decision-making?
- In marriage concerns?
- In relationship issues?
- In parenting problems?
- In personal growth and change?
With so many opinions swarming around us, can you and I truly say that we go to the Most High God for wisdom? Or do we settle for those opinions? It’s not uncommon for us to become drawn into other ways of handling life’s problems and questions...only to have those ways come crashing down. I know I have done that, and I still do if I am not careful! I encourage you (and remind myself) to make it our priority to seek the Lord first. Here is a very simple way in which we can do this:
- Go to Him in prayer. Pour out your heart to the Lord and cry to Him for wisdom. Believe He will give it to you, in His time and His way.
“Cry for discernment...lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasure...For the Lord gives wisdom from His mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:3-4, 6).
- Search out His Word for the solutions to our problems. This is the challenging part, but it is also very rewarding when you discover that the Bible has the wisdom that you need! (It may be helpful to seek some assistance from someone who can point you to the Scriptures that apply to your questions and / or situation. Look for someone who can give biblical counsel rather than just his or her opinion.)
“Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors” (Palm 119:24).
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- At this point, we can run our ideas by others, again choosing carefully who we talk with. Look for mature believers who will not be afraid to straighten you out if you’ve come a solution that is not quite right! And who will encourage you when you know what to do.
“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Proverbs 11:14).
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33)
May God bless your search for His wisdom!