Be Real With Wisdom

According to research, the definition of wisdom is: “The God-given ability to judge or discern correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding; learning and experience acquired over a period of time; ability to see beneath the surface of things”. 

If anyone lacks wisdom, simply ask God for it and He will grant it to you (James 1:5 – emphasis added). Wisdom is such an attractive gift that it should be everyone’s prayer point. Wisdom allows you to make healthy decisions about your life, what your day should be like, how you should behave, how to respond to certain situations and how to genuinely take care of yourself and others around you. When you are real with wisdom, wisdom will be real with you. Why do I say that? I say this because when we encounter troubling times, are we quick to simply blame the other person, or are we willing to take responsibility for our own actions? Taking responsibility will enable us to be real with wisdom, to admit where we have gone wrong and realise that we are limited resources. 

Our pride can get in the way of receiving wisdom from the Father because He cannot use someone that thinks they know it all. It would be shameful to miss out on what God has in store for us because we refuse to humble ourselves and walk in wisdom. Job in the Bible was truly a man of wisdom. He did not allow his troubles to separate him from the love of God. Yes, we all have troubles, some greater than others, but imagine what would happen if we truly humble ourselves and seek God for wisdom to handle those issues? How much peace would we benefit from if we just let go of our power, and let Him take the lead? The peace that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7).

Wisdom helps me make the right choices and decisions that will benefit my well-being. It gives me hope for the present day and teaches me not to worry about tomorrow. Wisdom helps me humble myself and informs me that I am not perfect, that I make mistakes like any other human being does; wisdom does not encourage me to look down on myself, but to take care of my mind, my thoughts and my mouth. Wisdom enables me to reach out to others when they are in need, broken and desires encouragement. Wisdom is very attractive.

King Solomon, on the other hand, was very wise in that he was given an opportunity to present to God anything he desired to have. Instead of asking for riches, he asked for WISDOM (2 Chronicles 1:11). And God gave it to him. How many of us today truly ask God for wisdom? Is that the first few points on your prayer list? Or do we just ask for wisdom when we feel emotionally and mentally attacked? A lot of the time we seek God when we have had enough, and that is not a bad thing. But how many of us can sincerely seek God when although your plans are not going as expected, you STILL trust Him, and still praise Him and still seek for His wisdom? It takes so much strength to get to this level of maturity where we allow our pride to stop controlling us, and be weak before God so that He can fill us with His strength and give us the wisdom to face our troubles.

It honestly is okay to be wrong, because that is where God is able to come in and fix you within. You can look wise, but are you wise? People do not only look at your wisdom on the outside, they look at your wisdom from the inside too; the way you speak, the way you give advice, to ensure that you are also applying the words you say into your life. It is not enough to ask for wisdom if you do not practise wisdom. Remember, wisdom is a beautiful unique gift that when you sincerely seek God for it, He will grant it to you. Wisdom is, therefore, power, and power is also attractive, but when it is misused and abused, you ruin the importance of it.

Our sincere cry should be for God to grant us wisdom to handle all our situations. It is not for us to receive wisdom and handle it by ourselves. Anything we try to do by ourselves, we will seriously crack. We are not strong on our own and because God is all knowing and seeing, He knows at some point that you will need wisdom. This applies to so many areas:

  • WISDOM IN EXAMS
  • WISDOM IN MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES
  • WISDOM TO RE-SOLVE AN ISSUE WITH A FAMILY RELATIVE OR LOVED ONE
  • WISDOM TO BE QUIET WHEN YOU ARE BEING TESTED
  • WISDOM TO KNOW WHEN TO SPEAK WITHOUT RAISING AN ARGUMENT
  • WISDOM TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS AND APOLOGISE
  • WISDOM TO SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • WISDOM TO SMILE AND REMAIN CALM WHEN ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE
  • WISDOM TO BE FREE AND BE AT PEACE
  • WISDOM TO BE YOU AND NOT ANYBODY ELSE

I could go on, but wisdom is our friend. Not only is it our friend, but we must learn to nurture and cherish this gift. It is truly a unique gift that no man can give because in Proverbs 3:5-6, it says that we should “trust in the Lord with all our hearts, lean not on your own understanding, but it ALL your ways, we must acknowledge Him in that He will direct our paths”. It does not say we should acknowledge or seek people, but seek Him, so that He will direct us. Direct us into what? Wisdom! This is what we need all the time. Every decision we make and every move we take, we must apply wisdom, but this comes purely through seeking Him first.

Being told the right thing in a painful moment is one of the best ways to take full advantage of wisdom. In Proverbs 19:20 it says “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future”. You see, wisdom is not only for your now, it is also for your future. Wisdom is walking with you on this journey of life. It is so vital to making it a habit of speaking in wisdom and applying it to your personal circumstances. Yes, at times we want to express how we truly feel towards people, but it really does take a wise individual to humble themselves and respond in a calm manner. This won’t happen overnight, but when the tests come, we can apply wisdom to it and see the result. When you get wisdom, be real with it.

Distinguish your strengths and weaknesses, and remember it is okay to be wrong at times, you do not always have to be right. We should not compete with anyone when using wisdom. Instead, we must complete each other and apply wisdom in each circumstance. Rehearsing what someone did to you a few years back is not applying wisdom, for you are bringing up more pain, trying to justify and find out why the situation happened. But remember, we do not live in the past, we live in the present and strives for the future. Do not be controlled by your emotions, but apply wisdom in dealing with your inner struggles and fears. No matter whether you are battling with yourself or others, it is an opportunity to use wisdom and apply it in each area of your life.

WISDOM IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VIRTUES IN LIFE

 

Progress!

Progress

Every one of us wants progress. We want to strive to get better, to be in a position where we see ourselves thrive. What is progress to you though? Is it obtaining all the degrees in the world? Is it being the richest person on earth? Is it being famous? Philippians 3:12-14 says: “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.

This is Paul speaking. Paul knew where he was going. He was on his own lane focusing on his goal. When you know where you are going in life, nothing can move or stop you. There is progress in each and every one of us. Whether it is small or big, we are all progressing. I remember when I graduated from University, and I was telling myself that until I find my full-time job in my desired area, I will start to see progress. Up till now, I have not yet obtained my full-time job, but what I am proud of is how FAR I have come as an individual. I am grateful that God has been helping me to progress within my situation. God has been showing me how blessed I am in my current position, being a blessing towards other people, developing myself as an individual, being more sociable and helpful towards others, and finally knowing the Will of God! When you begin to acknowledge your weakness, God will show you His strength and therefore will enable you to progress step by step.

We tend to put limits on ourselves because of what we don’t have because we have placed our focus on what others have. Being blessed does not mean always having what your neighbor has. We need to remember that our progress does not come from man, but it comes from God alone. So do not put yourself in a position where you feel tied up in what others have, because it is God who provides the blessings. You may not feel as if you are progressing in the situation you are in now; trust me I know because I have been there, but you must realise that the progress is in the JOURNEY of your final destination. When you feel stuck, just kneel down and pray and ask God for progress, ask Him to direct your steps, because the STEPS OF A GOOD MAN ARE ORDERED BY THE LORD! (Psalms 37:23).

It is very easy to say you want to jump from 1 to 100, but what about the other 99 steps you need to take in order to reach 100? Do not be too quick to reach your destination. It is a step by step process. Those that rush end up nowhere, but when we take our time to work with the journey, eventually, we will see why it was so beneficial for us to go through a long process to reach the destination. Do you think God doesn’t know what you need? Of course He does! He knows our thoughts even before we think it, and what we are about to say before we speak it. We need to know the God we serve in order to progress in this uncertain world!

Tomorrow is not promised, so make the most of every opportunity today! In every area of your life, strive to progress! Progress comes from God! He gives us the strength to continually work hard to get to where we need to be. He will place people and take people out of your life for us to get stronger. All the tears, sweat, sleepless nights are not going to waste, because God knows everything. People may laugh at you, and see you as nothing, but God sees you as someone! It may feel like you are still in the same position as last year, but you are not! The only reason why you think you are in the same position as last year is because of your thinking. Think big, and you will end big! Think small and you will end small! There is power in what you speak out of your mouths.

Remember progress isn’t for the faint-hearted, it is for those who want to strive! Be the best, because you are the best! Keep saying that to yourself! Whatever your position, work hard to the very fullest! When people see you progress, then they will be convinced that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ever think or ask of. You cannot make progress without God. No matter how many degrees you have, no matter how many jobs you have, we must realise that all these come from the Lord.

“I would rather fail in a cause that will someday triumph, than triumph in a cause that will someday fail.”

How about you? Where are you putting your energy and time: into progress in the things of this world, or into true progress with God? Progress without God is no progress at all. The only progress that counts is progress with God at the center of our lives.

SOME QUIT DUE TO SLOW PROGRESS, NEVER GRASPING THE FACT THAT “SLOW PROGRESS IS PROGRESS!”.

Progress