Asking for Wisdom

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I don’t think I have ever felt more tangibly the need for wisdom than I have since being a mom, and secondarily since trying to figure out ministry and motherhood in a completely foreign land. Our lives call for great flexibility and supple minds with all of the international moves, visas issues, logistical problems with daily necessities (water, electricity…), language learning, culture learning, parenting in a foreign place, navigating new systems, working with different teams dynamics, trying to maintain close relationships across the world, striving to daily grow closer to God when often there are an abundance of opportunities to pour out and far fewer for being poured into, not to mention the responsibility of being entrusted with little lives to love, care for , and lead.  I find myself daily in un-charted waters in one way or another. I am thankful for this, knowing that life will never be dull and that hopefully my mind will stay flexible, and I am also thankful for the daily reminder that I desperately need wisdom from God in order to navigate this life.

Recently our team started a study on the book of James. It is a great one for us as a team, as across the board we’ve been faced with various trials. In my own time I have also just started a study on the book of Proverbs. It was interesting to me this week as Proverbs 2 and James 1 have been on my mind. As a result, the theme of wisdom and how we are called to obtain it is something that has been on my heart.

There are many instances in the Bible that talk of asking God for wisdom and of His desire to bless us in that way when our hearts reflect godly motives. Solomon asked God for wisdom and God was pleased to grant it to him as a result of what God saw in his heart. James talks about how God gives wisdom generously to those who ask Him without doubting.  Proverbs 2 is all about asking for and seeking out wisdom from the Lord through the word and prayer.

Then of course there are the “ask, seek, knock” passages (Matt. 7:1-11, Luke 11:9-13). I particularly love looking at the Luke 11 version of this passage in reference to seeking wisdom. Whereas in Matthew it says “how much more will you Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him,” Luke says more specifically, “how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” We know that another name for the Holy Spirit is “The Spirit of Wisdom,” and know that some of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to lead us, give us understanding, and to guide us into all truth, and that Jesus said that “the Spirit will take what is mine and make it known to you.” (Jn. 16:15)

As God has brought all these passages together for me this past week, I’ve been all the more encouraged to diligently seek out wisdom by asking specifically for it and asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in various areas of my life. I’ve also been so grateful for the reminder that God desires to give me wisdom, as this is for His glory and not my own. When I face circumstances where I know I need His wisdom and come asking for it in faith, He promises to lead me into His wisdom.

I just thought I’d share that with you today since that is what is on my heart and since I am sure each of you are in this same circumstance, never feeling a lack of need for wisdom in your lives.  I am praying for all of you moms across the world to grow in wisdom as you raise your children and serve the Lord!

Proverbs 2:1-11

1 My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
2making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
3yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
4if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
9Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
10for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you…

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