Shirley's Corner - Above All Else, Seek Godly Wisdom

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With all of today’s technology, knowledge is found at our fingertips. Got a question? Ask Google! Need an answer? Hot lines for every topic under the sun are readily available! Experts abound in every direction. I have read that someone found a tutorial for making a bomb right there on his computer and many a cook scans for recipes by just asking what can I make with two bananas and an avocado. We are surrounded with knowledge. Many believe all this poor old world needs is more education. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts, however, knowledge without wisdom is a dangerous commodity.

Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge in order to produce a life full of peace and understanding.

Wisdom brings within your reach discernment in all things. When Solomon became King of Israel, he realized that without wisdom he was unprepared to lead God’s people. All he had learned up to this point, all he had observed of his father David, was not enough to prepare him for the task of being King. He had unlimited power, but power without wisdom can be deadly (1 Kings 3).

Knowledge can be learned, facts can be memorized, but where can a person obtain wisdom?

The Scriptures teach us that unlike knowledge, wisdom is a gift and cannot be learned. Above everything he would have asked for, Solomon asked his God for wisdom. In 1 Kings 3:10, we are told, “It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.” In fact, God not only answered this request, He declared, "Behold, I have done as you asked. I have given you a wise, discerning mind, so that no one before you was your equal, nor shall any rise after you equal to you.”

Solomon shared the wisdom he was given with us in the book of Proverbs. Thirty-one chapters of unadulterated wisdom…practical, usable wisdom. Many have adopted the habit of reading one chapter of Proverbs a day as part of their devotional life. In the beginning of this book, he admonished us first and foremost, “Get wisdom!”

All of God’s children are candidates for Wisdom.

Our Father has enough for anyone who humbles themselves and admits they are in need of Godly wisdom in order to walk through this world. In the New Testament, under the new covenant, our Father makes this offer once again in James 1:5…”If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God (Who gives to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or fault finding, and it will be given to him.”

Wisdom is a gift…a lovely, wonderful gift…I ask for it daily, just in case it is like manna and yesterday’s wisdom won’t last for today…and each time I ask, He smiles at me just as pleased as He was with Solomon.

With love from my chair at the Harvest Table,

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