“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”–Proverbs 1:7a (NKJV)
“When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil,…” –Proverbs 2:10-12a
We’ve set sail on a voyage in the early morning. The sails ripple in the morning breeze and water rolls underneath our vessel. We watch in awe as we pull away from the harbor, and the shore grows smaller and smaller in the distance until we round a bend and cannot see it at all. Surrounding us is nothing but water and skyline. Our Captain asks us to have a seat, and we do. We both sit nearest to Him as He steers this vessel on course.
If we look up, we can watch the canvas of the sails move with the wind and listen to the snapping sound they make when they come in contact with the air. Moving forward—full of life. If we turn our eyes over the edge of the boat, we see the glint of sunlight on the waters. The peaceful sea water doesn’t roll in waves, but the current created by the path of the sailboat makes the water foam and bubble. We watch for small movements in the water and see a fish jump just yards ahead.
Mid-morning, the sky turns color, and columns of dark interrupt the clear blue. The dark columns spread at the top into a large thundercloud, and noise erupts over the peaceful sea. Now there are ripples, and now there are chops. The sea doesn’t glisten any longer as the sun is hidden behind the overwhelming clouds. We look to the Captain, and He is calm—so we relax and breathe. He touches buttons and dials on the control panel. He turns the wheel of the ship, and within moments we have changed course. There is a closer way—there is a new route. Effortlessly, the skilled Captain leads us to safe harbor, out of harm’s way, and we reach our destination just before the downpour hits.
Aren’t you glad that we have a loving Creator? Aren’t you so thankful, that we have a gentle Savior willing to direct us in the right way? Today we are talking about wisdom, and I want us to consider what wisdom is. Do we ever think that wisdom is safety? When we allow our Savior to direct the voyage we are on as a Christian, storms will come, but God provides wisdom when we let Him lead.
Wisdom is discerning what God is doing and partnering with Him.
We are trusting God for our mission team today, and we know that He will bring them safely home from their travels, but let’s also ask God for wisdom in our lives today. Let Him lead, guide, and direct us with His Holy Spirit. Let’s ask for discernment in our lives about what God is already doing, and let’s partner with Him in prayer today:
“God we’re so thankful for who You are and what You are doing this week. Thank you that you provide health and strength for each day. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Thank you for Your wisdom and discernment as we serve the body of Christ this week. We are Your hands and feet, and all we do is give You glory, Lord. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.”