what’s essential, part 2

Seeking wisdom is what is essential for living life well. When his back was against the wall, Jehoshaphat saught wisdom. He prays, “we don’t know how fight this battle, but our eyes are on you, Lord.”

That where it all begins. We seek wisdom from the Lord. Proverbs says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Acknowledging God’s power, his being in charge, is where we start to truly understand. Solomon asked for as he was becoming King. He knew that job was too big for him. He knew he’d need insight beyond his ability to lead and guide effectively the nation of Israel. Just like Jehoshaphat, Solomon knew he needed to look actively and patiently to the Lord for wisdom.

Here’s one other passage along this line. James chapter one has long been a favorite. Here again pain and fear are the driving force for the look for answers. The Phillips translation puts it, “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives don’t consider them as intruders, but welcome them as friends.” Hard things get our attentions like nothing else. At some point a trial pushes our buttons and challenges us at our core. Have you been there recently? It takes over you life. It unsettles. It saps all your energy and enthusiasm.

When this happens we are called to ask the Lord for answers, for wisdom. “If any of you do not know how to meet a particular demands he has only to ask God and he may be certain that the necessary wisdom will be given.” Wisdom in a tough circumstance is really what we need. We may want to get out of the problem, but if we want to handle this kinds of difficulty in the future we’ll need wisdom, not a way out.

Seek wisdom. It’s what’s essential. …and it will give you courage to walk.

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