4 he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.Proverbs 4:4-5 (ESV)
You have made seeking wisdom and understanding an intellectual exercise. You have wrestled with trying to understand. You have tried to work things out. Have I not told you not to trust in your own understanding? Have I not told you that heavenly wisdom looks different to earthly wisdom?
Heavenly wisdom is asked for and received. Heavenly wisdom is inexorably linked to your ability to hear and obey. It looks like trust and dependence. Heavenly wisdom requires humility and the ability to lean on my understanding, not yours. Heavenly wisdom submits to being led. Heavenly wisdom acknowledges that I am the All-knowing One and trusts me to lead without needing to understand all things.
The way to wisdom and understanding – leading to paths of righteousness and success – is obedience. The wise are those who listen to my words and obey. The humble heart; the dependent heart; the trusting heart; the obedient heart will find wisdom and understanding.
In the days ahead, there will increasingly be times when what I am asking you does not seem to make sense but if, like Moses at the Red Sea, or Joshua at Jericho, or Gideon facing the Midianties, you will trust in my wisdom and obey, you will find success. You will find deliverance in your hour of need, leading others with you in defeating the plans of the enemy. Heavenly strategies are desperately needed in these times. It is time for my people to be known as those with strategies that confound the enemy, that bring release to captives, and bring solutions in situations that seem impossible.
Prayer: Lord, I repent for each and every time I have relied on man’s wisdom and my own ability to understand to work things out. I repent for not asking for your pure, heavenly wisdom and not relying on you, the one who knows all things. I acknowledge that I am totally dependent on you and your word. I need your wisdom. I ask now that you would give me the wisdom and understanding that I need and that you would enable me to put my trust more deeply in you and your word, to obey you always, even when I don’t understand.
Activation: Are there any situations that you are facing right now where you need wisdom, a strategy to bring a solution? Ask God for his wisdom, take courage, and obey what you hear!
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
5 See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.
6 Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’Deuteronomy 4:5-6 (ESV)