Giving Thanks: Wisdom (Day #13)
“But the Wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17
Today, I am sharing just a short note of thankfulness for the Wisdom of the Lord.
Our brains are amazing structures, like large computers, they store our memories, generate how we think and act, and house our nervous system. Yet, they can be swayed by the images we see, the words we hear, and the pull of a world filled with temptations, ambition, and opinions.
So, when I think about how God created us, each of us individual and unique, and I think about the many thoughts I have each day about my life, my purpose, my plans, it just reminds me how powerful our God is. I am so thankful for the intricacies of God’s vision for us as human beings, and His love for us and who He has made us to be.
I am even more grateful that I can lean on God and His wisdom for my life, not just my own. I am an emotional being, and there are so many times where my feelings and emotions are stronger than my thoughts, to the point of drowning out all I know to be true. I struggle as a human being to make wise choices, to act with caution, and to use prudence at all times. Yet, God gave us wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong, to understand the truth about our desires, and the ability to make decisions based on facts as well as scriptures. If I pray over my circumstances, if I give my thoughts, feelings and desires to the Lord, He has promised to share with me insight on what is honest, just, pure, lovely, admirable, and more (Philippians 4:8).
I don’t have to lean on my own knowledge. I don’t have to only count on my own research or reading. I don’t have to only listen to others around me. All good and useful actions. However, if I pray to my Heavenly Father, and if I read the Word of God, the Bible, then I will find more wisdom than I can possibly contain. I can be at peace. I can be reassured that I am following His path for me. I can know that He has the absolute best for me.
Taking this path toward wisdom isn’t easy. When tempers flare, when hearts are hurting, and when we feel attacked, it can be so easy to react in emotion, to lash out in pain. When faced with really tough decisions, it feels more important to look at what others are doing, to follow the trends, and to take the easy road. However, the wisdom God gives us allows us to have discernment and good judgement that will help us step out of ourselves and think about others and God’s call on our lives for His kingdom.
Today, I’m giving thanks for the wisdom from our Lord, and the peace that it brings when the world all around us is thoughtless, unstable, and often selfish.
Thank you, Jesus for your wisdom yesterday, today, and tomorrow.