14 August 2014

Too often i separate worldly wisdom from spiritual wisdom. I have a tendency to believe that spiritual answers to daily problems are not as effective as using worldly wisdom to resolve them. But i think the truth lies closer to the fact that we need to first depend on spiritual wisdom to give us direction and purpose, and then exercise our practical experience and knowledge to establish what we have spiritually discerned to be the best course of action.

If i only depend on my practical experience and knowledge and apply this to resolving my problems, i may still be able to resolve them at the time, but i do so at the risk of losing sight of the long term goal of resolving these issues. A missionary once told me, you always have to ask “why?” – Why am i doing what i am doing? Without a spiritual answer to that – i think i would be heading down a dangerous path.

1 Corinthians 2:6 “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

….What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments…”

Lord Jesus, you are the Word of God, the wisdom of God and a friend of mine. Impart your wisdom upon me through your Word, through the Holy Spirit, and help me discern and see with spiritual eyes the things i set out to do. Let me not stumble and labour in vain, but let me walk with discernment and godly purpose.

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