Just Ask Him
Friday - October 2nd
Scripture to Read Today: Proverbs 2:1-22
Then you will understand
what is right and just and fair—
every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be
pleasant to your soul.
As we walk with the Lord and read His Word, verses we may have read before in Scripture often pop out as if we were discovering them for the first time. One of my favorite verse discoveries early in my Christian walk was the discovery of James 1:5. "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." Who doesn't lack wisdom at some point in life? What a promise God gives His children!
In yesterday's Take5 devotional, we began a 31-day journey in the Book of Proverbs. Over the 31 days of October, we will read the chapter in Proverbs that coordinates with the number of the date of October. In each chapter, we will glean insight and practical wisdom for living life that day. King Solomon's collection of proverbs provides us the opportunity to grow and deepen our understanding of life. Solomon had been asked by God to request whatever He wanted from God. He chose wisdom. Much of what Solomon learned about wisdom is contained in the Proverbs. He asked God, as James talked about, and God gave Him wisdom.
Today, you might face uncertainty, you might find yourself overwhelmed by circumstances, you might be struggling in a significant relationship, or you might be facing a tough decision. You might need wisdom. You can ask God for it. He will give you understanding and insight into the circumstances, relationships, and decisions you wrestle with today. Just ask Him for wisdom. He will provide it.
After reading through Proverbs chapter two, notice verses nine and ten. They tell us the results of God giving wisdom (see verse 6) to us. Verse nine says, "you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path." Wisdom opens us up to every good path we can take. It helps us understand what is right, just, and fair. Verse ten says, "Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul." When God gives wisdom, it gets placed deep in our hearts. The practical knowledge of life that we gain is pleasant to our souls.
When God gives wisdom to us, every good path ahead becomes clear. When God fills our hearts with wisdom, it is pleasant, and deeply satisfying. How do we get that kind of wisdom? James tells us to ask God. It is that simple.
Solomon often had a disconnect between the wisdom God gave him and the actual choices he made. His life became known for lust, greed, and pride. He knew what the right path forward was for him in specific situations but chose not to be wise in his choice. He suffered from the results of not putting the God-given wisdom he had into practice. Later life reflections of Solomon (contained in Ecclesiastes) demonstrate how empty and meaningless his life choices had been. He failed to walk on the good path. He failed to find the insight and understanding that God had given him to be pleasant to his soul.
Don't repeat Solomon's mistake. Put the wisdom God provides you into practice. Later in the Book of James, we are told, "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them" (4:17). Solomon knew the good he ought to do and didn't do it. He sinned. Make choices today based on the wisdom God has already given you. If you face a scenario in life which you feel you do not have the understanding to handle, stop, and ask God for the wisdom only He can give you! He will give it to you - generously.
When you lack the wisdom you need today, ask God for it. He will give it to you. Then, act on that wisdom!