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Today’s scripture: James 3:13-18, 1 Kings 3
Today, we are shifting gears again and will be looking at wisdom. In James 3:13, it says “who is wise and understanding among you?” The answer, “Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13). Are you living a life that is reflected of humility? Being humble and learning humility is a tough thing and James indicates that it comes from wisdom. Therefore, shouldn’t we be asking for wisdom so that we can be humble? In 1 Kings 3, we see a dialogue between God and Solomon regarding the question “If you can have anything and nothing will be denied to you, what will you ask for?” In verse 7, we see that Solomon asks for “a wise and discerning heart so that he can govern the people and distinguish between right and wrong.” The Lord was so pleased with his request that he granted it and gave him riches beyond his imagination.
In the latter part of 1 Kings 3 we see that Solomon is faced with a huge decision in determining who the right mother of a baby that is brought before him. When he suggested cutting the baby in two, the heart of the mother filled with compassion and said give this baby to her. Seeing this heart, he gave the baby to the true mother. The Lord had given Solomon a wisdom beyond his young years and the ability to make decisions that were very complex.
What do these two passages have in common? They illustrate that wisdom to make right decisions can only come from God (James 3:17). When we make decisions that concern our very core and future, don’t be afraid to seek wisdom, in fact you should seek wisdom that comes from our heavenly Father.
Application: Are you seeking the Lord’s wisdom for crucial decisions about your future?
Prayer: Spend a few moments seeking the Lord’s face, confessing sins, and asking that he give you wisdom to make the right decisions.
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