As we reflect this week on the many gifts of God for which we are thankful, let's remember to focus too on the Giver Himself.
Continuing the discussion from last week about praying to God about God, think this week about God's wisdom. When we speak of someone being wise, we generally think of someone who is older with a lot of life-experience. Yet that alone does not make someone wise; we all have encountered plenty of folks who are older with lots of life experience who are far from wise (Hollywood is full of such figures!). No, the picture of a wise person is someone who is older with experience who has learned from these experiences and is available to help others who are in need of guidance. I think we generally incorporate compassion and empathy into this definition, and a strong, genuine desire to be a help and an encouragement to others who want help.
God is wise. His wisdom is so big that it is impossible to measure. There are no limits to His wisdom in either space or in time. His wisdom has not changed from before time was created and will not change after time has stopped. It is infinite and eternal and unchanging. In His wisdom, He shares that wisdom with us. I frequently complain to Mr. Marvelous (both Sr. and Jr.) that "I am just not very wise". To be completely honest, I often use that as an excuse. Listen to what the Apostle James has to say about that:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8
Convicting, isn't it?!
This week as you celebrate a time to give thanks to God, please remember these needs.
- Many are traveling. Please pray not just for safe travel, but for wisdom to see opportunities to speak up about Jesus, and boldness to grab those opportunities and make the most of them.
- Rejoice with Edith in God's many blessings through her family. Please pray that the young members of the family will appropriate God's wisdom and stay close to Him, rather than chasing after the world.
- Baby Ava is not doing well. She has had two heart surgeries already ~ at not quite 12 months. Please pray that her Mama will be wise about when to call the doctors and how to respond to Baby Ava's needs.
- Please pray for wisdom for young men in our Christian family, especially for young husbands. Being the spiritual head of the home is not an easy job and there are few good, solid role models for these young men these days. Pray for not only wisdom, but also for boldness in accepting this role. And remember to pray for their wives, that we would accept that leadership!
- Faith will be having chemo again this week. Pray for this precious little girl, for her parents, and for her doctors and nurses.
- Doug is in need of wisdom this week as he makes some business decisions that will affect a lot of people.
- Pray for our pastors and church leaders, that they would be wise in how they lead God's church, and that we would be wise in submitting to their leadership.
God's peace to your hearts and homes.