Thursday, May 29, 2008
Seeking God's Wisdom
"My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:1-6
Wisdom, that is something I need desperately when it comes to raising my children. Each and every day I am faced with some new challenge. It is amazing (and sometimes tiring!) how different my children are from one another. What works for one doesn't neccesarily work for the other. I am totally on new ground with my daughter. I feel as if she were my first and I am starting from scratch with no prior knowledge of child rearing! Some days I feel at a total loss. Am I supplying what they need? Am I showing God's love? Am I creating good memories for them? Am I setting a good example? Am I giving them my all?
I find peace from v.3-6, "And if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding..." What comfort to know that I can cry out to the Lord and he hears me. When I am muddling through another day and it seems like the bickering is at its peak, I know the Lord hears my cry. When I need to address a character flaw in one of my children, I know I can turn to the Lord for guidance. When I feel lost and clueless about how to handle a certain situation, I know I can call out for insight. God will supply me with the knowledge and wisdom to teach my children if I call out to him.
Reading these verses reminds me to "look for it as silver and search for it as for hidden treasure...". How precious God's wisdom is. If I actively seek it then I will shine with his glory and my children will see the Lord through me. What better testimony can I share than this. I must search for God's will for my life and in return I will be blessed with God's knowledge. Living for God, seeking His will can only make me a better mom, wife, friend, sister and christian. But the verses also point out that you must actively look for God's wisdom. If I fail to give my heart, body, soul and time to the Lord I will not be rewarded with his knowledge and understanding. What a great reminder of why it is so important to spend time in daily devotions.
"Lord, fill me with your wisdom and knowledge. Help me to seek your face as if I was searching for hidden treasure. Fill me with a desire to dig into your word and open my mind to the knowledge and wisdom that is waiting there for me. Guide me as I apply what I learn from you to the raising of my children. May I be a blessing to each of them. Most importantly may they see You, Oh Lord, in my life."