Wisdom

“For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord;” – Proverbs 8:35 NKJV

Here in proverbs, wisdom is talking. So if we find wisdom we also find life and receive favor from the Lord. Favor from the Lord is the best favor there is because I believe you can have favor with the Lord, which can result in favor with God as well. Think about the story of Joseph in the bible! After being taken to Egypt as a slave, He had God’s favor and wisdom! Plus he had the favor of those he interacted with everywhere he went. If you don’t remember the story, please go ahead and read it. Read it also in a version that you know you will be able to understand, or switch to a different version like the amplified if you’d like some points explained more. Don’t stick to the version you are used to if you have been a Christian for many years.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5 NKJV

I love that if we are lacking wisdom, all we have to do is be humble, go to God and ask for His wisdom. His word gives us assurance that He will give us wisdom, because as the verse above says, He gives liberally and without reproach (freely, no restraint).

Let’s look at the Amplified Bible,

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides]. James 1:5-7

The amplified version gives more explanation for some verses, I tried to expound a bit more on James 1:5 I’m not sure if it helped, but I hope the amplified version helps you all out.

Love God

TC

 

Psalm 63:1 – 8

O God, Your are my God;

Early will I seek You;

My soul thirsts for You

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land

Where there is no water.

So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,

To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your loving-kindness is better than life,

My lips shall praise You.

Thus I will bless You while I live;

I will lift up my hands in Your name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,

And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.

Because You have been my help,

Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.

My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.

Even in Pain

 I’ve noticed that when David talks to the Lord He describes the way he feels and what he is going through. In some Psalms David sounds depressed or in anguish, like he’s hit rock bottom (you can see this at the end of some of his Psalms).But even after all Davids depressing thoughts, Gods light shines through the darkness David is in. Davids focus then becomes the Truth of God himself; he brings praise and glory to God.

Sometimes I wonder, “How was he able to give praise to God when he felt discouraged and depressed?”

I think it was because David was able to stop focusing on himself and focus on God instead.

Psalm 102:1-17 (the writer of this Psalm is not David but someone who felt pain and still praised God.

Psalm 121

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you day by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore. 🙂

 

 [Holy Bible-Zondervan NIV]