Day 10: Godly Wisdom
Lord, help each of these children to liberally gain the wisdom that You promise to give them. May they learn to ask and seek your guidance. James 1:5
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What is wisdom? Webster says that wisdom is “the ability to understand what is right, true, or enduring; good judgment; knowledge.” Being wise means, “sound judgment marked by deep understanding”.
Take a moment to read and meditate on 1Corinthians 1:18-31.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
These verses show us that there is a difference between the wisdom of man and the wisdom of God. God’s wisdom is unfailing. We must pray that we and our children are given the gift of godly wisdom for His glory alone. Godly wisdom will help you to see the children in your life as God sees them. Godly wisdom will help you guide and parent your children in the way that God has chosen for you.
There is no cookie-cutter method of parenting. We have learned that the hard way at times. With so many children, we have to take the time to listen to God about what each one needs. We don’t always know what to do, but God promises that if we ask for wisdom He will give it. And He will give it to our children, too, making them wise beyond their years and wise beyond this world’s standards.