19 Aug Verse of the Week – 19 Aug. 2019
During the visit for my wedding, my Gran gifted me a beautiful box of bible verses called “Proverbs in Color”. Up til now, I’ve been pulling one out every few weeks and displaying it on my bookshelf or on my desk. This morning I feel convicted to take a step further and really ponder on each verse. Also, colour them! Because they’re meant to be coloured, and I have a beautiful set of colouring pencils and markers that should be used!
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.
I’ve been thinking a lot about wisdom lately. I’m currently in 1 Kings in the bible, so I just read about Solomon’s prayer for wisdom over everything else he could have prayed for. I’d like to think I’d have prayed that prayer, but sometimes I put more weight on the less important requests.
You or I may not have an entire kingdom to run such as did Solomon, but we have our own “kingdoms”, be it a family, a business, or any number of other responsibilities. Trying to run our lives without the guidance of God can be frustrating and a little bit scary at times. Right now, my husband and I are going through a reshuffle in our business, resettling in our new home, and the journey of wanting to start a family of our own. To be honest, the future looks a tad uncertain. I find myself falling into a well of questions that get more doom-and-gloomy the more I ponder them.
I’ve realised, though, that “giving it to God” means forcing my thoughts and my prayers to be positive. It means praying “God, forgive my negative thoughts. I know that you do not make promises that you don’t intend to keep. I know that your plans for me are unimaginably good”. It means praying in “thank you for/that ___” format even until I fall asleep if that’s what it takes. It’s never too late to ask for God’s wisdom.
Father God, thank you that your plans for my life are GOOD. Thank you that the gift of your wisdom and understanding is ready to be given, as long as I’m ready to receive it. Please forgive my negative thinking and my negative talk. Please give me your wisdom in all areas of my life, so that I may make good decisions for myself and my family, and find joy in that understanding. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen!