Meditating on God's Word: Wisdom

10:00 PM

Soon after Solomon became king over Israel, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him to ask for whatever he wished and God would give it to him.  Solomon could have asked for gold, silver, kingdoms, or whatever, but instead he asked for wisdom.  The Lord granted his wish, and He also gave him riches and honor.  Solomon was the wisest man on earth, yet he did not give himself credit for his wisdom, but said in Proverbs 2:6, "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." 

If wisdom comes from the Lord, then we need to be diligently seeking His Word for it.  Wisdom isn't just head knowledge; it's the ability to discern between good and evil (1 Kings 3:9).  God's Word is absolute truth.  It defines what is right and what is wrong.  In fact, this was the reason that Solomon wrote Proverbs.  In Proverbs 22:20-21, he writes, "Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?"  So Proverbs, and really all of the Bible, were written so that we would understand the truth and follow Christ.  

We have to make many decisions in life -- sometimes big ones and sometimes very small ones.  Oftentimes we wonder what the best decision is.  When we remember the Scripture that we have learned, God's truth guides our decisions.  "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105).  When we meditate on the Word of God we are instructed in how we should obey God.  The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men (1 Corinthians 1), so we need to seek Him for direction.  

However, we have to be careful that we don't rely on our own wisdom.  We've all heard, read, and probably memorized Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."  We have a tendency to forget to look to the Lord for wisdom, but we must not lean on our own understanding. We need to acknowledge our need for His wisdom and trust Him to guide us in His good, straight path.  When we think about (i.e., meditate on) God's Word, He will show us how He wants us to follow Him.  

A friend of mine recently wrote a post on her blog about meditation.  I had thought about writing a post that focused more on how to meditate, but Allison's post pretty much covered everything that I would've said.  The Indwelling Word, by the way, is always such an encouragement to me to persevere in my relationship with the Lord.  

 Every single word in the Bible is to give us wisdom to obey the Lord.  "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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